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Surveillance cameras in housing estates to curb high-rise littering

Published on Aug 30, 2012 3:28 PM
In NEA's pilot project conducted between May and December 2011, two offenders were caught and charged with high-rise littering. In this picture from footage captured, Hasmin Homammad Kashim was caught on camera throwing a cigarette butt from the kitchen window of #03-85, Bukit Batok Street 33. He was prosecuted in court on April 17 2012 for the offence. The court fined him $800. -- PHOTO: NEA

The National Environment Agency (NEA) will deploy surveillance cameras in various housing estates - including 'problem spots' in Bukit Panjang, Pasir Ris, West Coast, Hong Kah and Sembawang - to curb high-rise littering.

The cameras, to be installed within the next three months. Those caught on cameras will be charged in court and have their cases publicised, in a move that the NEA hopes will deter other potential litterbugs. Offenders under the law face a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or a Corrective Work Order not exceeding 12 hours.

One resident in Jalan Kayu, Ms Eleanor Lee, said: "I was often afraid to open my windows for fear that the litter, such as raw eggs and diapers, would dirty them. I'm thankful the cameras will be introduced to alleviate this problem."

Mr Derek Ho, director-general of NEA's Public Health Division, said: "Deployment of cameras should thus not be necessary in most instances where there are strong community bonds and residents manage to work out the differences among themselves. With more community pressure and use of technology, we can look forward to fewer high-rise littering incidents and a cleaner environment."
The public who encounter high-rise littering are advised to call NEA’s 24-hour call centre at 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632).