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Cameras installed by Hart District Council
POOPER snooper cameras are keeping an eye on dog owners in Hart in a bid to stop dog fouling.
Hart District Council has bought two motion-triggered mobile cameras that can be attached to lampposts and trees in parks and near pavements known for high rates of dog mess.
The first camera was bought for £200 for a trial in April this year and proved so successful that a second one was bought.
They are positioned in dog mess hotspots, along with signs to warn members of the public of their presence.
Nick Steevens, head of environmental health at Hart District Council, said the cameras acted as a deterrent to dog owners who do not collect their animal’s faeces, although they could be used to aid prosecutions.
He said: “This is quite an emotive subject and we have had to do this because the dog warden cannot be everywhere at once.
“I do not see this as an invasion of privacy. We are not monitoring individuals, we are monitoring areas where the law is being broken.
“The key thing is this is in the interests of public health. It is desirable that we make people more responsible as dog owners.”
Mr Steevens said areas of concern are identified by the council’s dog warden or by working with parish councils.
A survey of dog mess takes place before the cameras are positioned for two to seven days.
Dog mess is also counted after the cameras are taken down. Mr Steevens said the cameras reduce rates of dog mess by 50 to 60 per cent.
Hotspots already targeted in Hook include Hartletts Park and Wellworth Park.
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