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SPI offer covert surveillance and technical surveillance services to combat fly tipping concerns.

Fly Tipping Concerns

A fly-tipping investigation is an investigation practiced by SPI to identify individuals or businesses who are illegally dumping waste, such as rubbish or construction debris in public areas, private land, or other unauthorised locations. Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime that can cause significant harm to the environment and public health. It can also be a costly problem for local authorities, landowners, and businesses as they are often responsible for the cost of cleaning up and disposing of the waste. During a fly-tipping investigation, SPI will gather evidence such as photographs or video footage of the fly-tipping incident and collect samples of the waste for analysis. We may also interview witnesses or conduct further surveillance to gather additional information.


Once the evidence has been gathered, the SPI can use it to identify the person or business responsible for the fly-tipping which allows for the client take legal action against them. This may include issuing fines or prosecuting the individual or business in court. Fly-tipping investigations can be complex and time-consuming but it's essential to work with a trained and experienced investigator to ensure that the investigation is conducted legally and ethically. It's also important to report any instances of fly-tipping to the appropriate authorities to ensure that the waste is safely disposed of and the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.

Combatting Fly Tippers

Fly tippers often return to known sites to dump their waste if they know they can get away with it. This gives us a great chance of catching the repeat offenders, or even the chancers in the act of doing so.

Sentry Private Investigators are a private detective firm based in Birmingham with coverage across the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England. We are trained and practiced in the art of concealed camera deployments which is a key aspect of all fly tipping investigations.

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We operate with discreet cellular data security camera systems which can be covertly deployed anywhere without the need for WiFi or a power source. The cameras operate 24/7 whilst providing crisp high-definition day and night recording capabilities. We receive instant notifications and a live video feed as the fly tipping act is taking place. Our covert cameras backed up with our knowledge of camera concealment's produce the evidence you need to bring the fly tippers to justice.


Justice is pretty brutal under these circumstances, and rightly so. On the spot fines of up to £400 can be given to households that handover their domestic waste to unlicensed waste carriers. If fly tippers are convicted at a Magistrates Court, they can receive up to a £50,000 fine or 12 months behind bars. If fly tippers are convicted at a Crown Court, they can receive an unlimited fine and up to 5 years in prison. The consequences for fly tipping are huge, but they are only effective if the perpetrators are caught out. Authorities will either need to catch the fly tipping in progress, or they will need substantial evidence to pursue the matter. Our camera systems can be deployed for weeks, if not months on end. They will sit and wait patiently for fly tippers to come along, and they will take care of business by capturing everything on film at the right moment. Our fly tipping investigations are also effective at discovering the level of the tip. Whether it be just a lazy inconsiderate household dumping their waste opportunistically, or whether it's far more sinister with an element of criminal organisation behind it.

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Effective Fly Tipping Investigations

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Without the deployment of covert camera systems to aid in our fly tipping investigations, catching out fly tippers used to be very 'hit and miss', not to mention very expensive. The expense alone sometimes does justify the cost of clearing up the tip, which is why it is recommended to make use of our static cameras. In absence of these camera's, another alternative would be to conduct  manned surveillance operations. Operations like these would be required to run around the clock, so you can see why it's so expensive. Not only that, fly tips often occur in discreet, hidden away places making it very difficult for a surveillance operative to maintain observations undetected. A surveillance operative will only be able to cover a single area if operating alone, but multiple camera systems can be deployed to cover much greater areas of concern at a fraction of the cost. Should a surveillance operative be detected during a fly tip, his or her safety will also very likely be at risk for obvious reasons.

In the highly unlikely event, a covert camera is detected, the fly tipper will either keep it (and give us more evidence), or destroy it. We can deal with either as cameras can be replaced. The personal safety of our investigator's is paramount, and we will always operate in the most effective way as long as our operatives, clients and general public are safe from harm. A picture paints a thousand words, and our video evidence speaks volumes.

Fly Tipping Investigations Evidence Gathering

The deployment of covert camera systems to aid in fly tipping investigations has proven prove to be hugely successful across the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England as they provide clear cut evidence ready to be handed over to local authorities. We often provide Fly tipping investigations services to private landowners that have fallen victim on a fly tip in an area which is rarely visited or monitored. These sorts of areas are easy pickings for fly tippers, but just as easy for us to catch them in the act. Our fly tipping investigations provide the evidence listed below in the form of a formal report, edited and unedited video files and  professional witness statements.

Realities of Fly Tipping

Fly tipping is of course a huge annoyance to anyone affected by it, not the mention the environmental impact it has. The perpetrators involved have no regard for anyone when carrying out such acts, and unfortunately it is not a top priority for police forces and local councils. The Environment Agency are responsible for clearing up large scale fly tips on public land, but it's usually down to the public, or landowner to clean it up if it's on private land. This will ultimately could cost a great deal of money which could amount up to hundreds or even thousands, and it will also cost a great deal of time to sort out. For the year of 2018 to 2019, local authorities across England received over 1 million reports of fly tipping which was an increase of 8% from its previous year. Sentry Private Investigators are here to help with the bespoke fly tipping investigations we offer which identify the fly tippers but ultimately prevent further fly tipping occurrences from happening in the future. Fly tippers are becoming more brazen with the way they are doings things now as well. It is not uncommon for them to pull over on the side of motorways, A roads or even residential roads in their vans full of waste, (commercial or domestic) and just dump it at any time of day or night.

Contact a Private Investigator

If fly tipping is personally affecting you, and you need to hire a private investigator in Birmingham, the West Midlands, East Midlands or the East of England regions to conduct a professional fly tipping investigation, then get in touch with SPI and let us put an end to it.

​For further guidance around fly tipping legislation, visit Fly Tipping Council Responsibilities.

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