You read that right.
Authorities in Honolulu, Hawaii, have asked the public to take photos and videos of criminals who's illegally dumping trash in the city of Honolulu.
"Don't just watch it happen and then complain at the neighborhood board or to your favorite local media," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "Complain to the people who can do something about it."
It's not always possible or safe to take a photo or video of the culprits in action. Some locations is very dark, and the culprits has a plan in place to dump their trash in a matter of seconds.
The fact that most of the criminals aren't already caught proves the Honolulu Police Department doesn't have the resources to tackle this issue to begin with. If they don't have the time to run a simple fingerprint search, how are they going to respond to thousands of calls about illegally dumping?
Even more evidence of the city not having the resources to tackle this issue comes from the Department of Environmental Services, who warned they reserve the right to fine the nearest home or building to an illegal dumpsite up to $2,500 a day.
"When we have enforced, the adjoining property has pulled it back whether it's theirs or not," Department of Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina stated.
Rather than put the blame on innocent citizens, smart government branches in other states utilizes high resolution night vision cameras to catch criminals in action.
Those states also forces criminals to do community service, which includes picking up trash in public locations. Just saying.
- Ashley Nagaoka. "To crack down on illegal dumpers, city wants your help." hawaiinewsnow.com. August 12, 2019 at 5:45 PM HST. Retrieved August 14, 2019 at 12:55 PM HST.