Environment Agency & Local Authorities

Local AuthoritiesLocal AuthoritiesThe Company has for many years supplied a wide range of equipment from interview recording machines and accessories to covert audio-video products to assist the Environment Agency and Local Authorities in their work. Numerous successful prosecutions, many of which have appeared in the national press and on television, have been achieved using equipment designed and manufactured by David Horn Communications.

With ever increasing levels of environmental crime, including the dumping of hazardous waste, fly-tipping, graffiti and abandoned vehicles, enforcement officers need ever more sophisticated video evidence-gathering tools to identify and prosecute the perpetrators.

An extensive range of technologically advanced but easy to operate equipment is available, ranging from autonomous video recording systems that may be left buried for many weeks at a time in problem areas such as lay-bys and isolated rural locations, or hidden outside industrial premises to monitor the transportation of hazardous waste. These systems are supplied complete with various triggers to initiate recordings and therefore represent huge manpower savings. Portable and covert Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems are also proving to be a valuable weapon in the fight against environmental crime and the monitoring of hazardous waste vehicle movements – particularly when used in combination with the Police National Computer.

Contained within the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act is an increased emphasis placed upon Local Authorities to enforce ASBOs and tackle the graffiti problem. David Horn Communications has specialised equipment available for these tasks in for example the autonomous ASBOCam video system and the juvenile monitoring kit – already the system of choice by most Trading Standards Departments for juvenile test purchasing – to identify, warn and where necessary prosecute shopkeepers selling products (in this particular case – aerosol paint) to youths.