Cameras overseeing dumping grounds proving effective

Fighting back against illegal dumping, police have installed cameras to survey some of these sites.

And it seems to be working.

A common problem for impoverished neighborhoods, residents who, either don't want to pay or don't care, often take advantage of the areas not under surveillance.

"Well, every time you look around, they clean up, then somebody comes back the next day and throw out more," said one resident.

Some offenders become so bold to return multiple times, in broad daylight to empty their trash. 

But with increased surveillance, the 19 newly placed cameras seem to be having an effect, with Detroit Police reporting the number of dumping incidents has fallen.