July 03, 2014
City News Service
The Los Angeles City Council recently approved the expenditure of $64,500 for the purchase of three security cameras that will be used to help catch illegal trash dumpers in the act. The cameras will be used in the Ninth Council District in South Los Angeles, where trash left along public streets like Grand Avenue and near the Harbor (110) Freeway is a “real problem,” Councilman Curren Price Jr. told Video News West. The funds will come from a portion of the city’s street furniture revenue fund that is allocated for Price’s district.
The surveillance footage will allow law enforcement to identify and arrest perpetrators and send “a message to them and the community that we are serious,” Price said. The use of the surveillance cameras “has been effective in other parts of the community, but we think that once folks know they are being watched, they will be more careful,” he said. Price said everything from beds to mattresses to cans of paint and oil have been left in alleyways and curbside. In one alley, stuffed cow heads and about 500 hypodermic needles were found, he said.
“It’s a real health and safety issue for the district,” Price said.