"Waste Watch" program being implemented in San Diego County cities

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My owner is a Realtor with Century 21 Award in San Diego.Many years ago the United State Supreme Court ruled that once you put your trash out at the street curb, it becomes public property and available for anyone to sort through and use.

That, of course, gave free reign to criminals looking for old bank statements, telephone logs, and other confidential materials, and led to the growth of the document shredding industry.

Now comes a nationwide program that seeks to train trash collection truck drivers as crime fighters. Waste management, one of San Diego County's largest trash collection companies, had 150 of its drivers trained recently by a retired FBI agent and officers from San Diego, Santee, and El Cajon.

With the driver's familiarity with the neighborhoods they serve, crime fighting agencies are hoping they will serve as a second set of eyes in looking for unusual activity, such as people removing license plates, street side business transactions (so to speak), activity at vacant homes or homes where people are known to be on vacation, etc.

The cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Oceanside are also set to join the program. The program is also being rolled out nationwide.



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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

You can count me out on this one.  I really don't want to start looking through people's trash. 

Feb 07, 2010 03:07 PM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Jim - Thank you for sharing an informative and helpful post.


Feb 07, 2010 04:09 PM #2
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Interesting concept; training garbage collectors to act as "eyes" for crime.

Feb 08, 2010 12:22 AM #3
Shoshana Shay
St. Pete Realty - Treasure Island, FL

Very interesting! I have a real problem with still more Big Brother... and it sounds as if there is reason to enlist the trash collectors (the ones around here certainly know us and who belongs in the neighborhod).

Feb 08, 2010 03:24 AM #4
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
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Jim...Indeed an interesting concept. Thanks for sharing the information.

Cosmic Cow

Feb 08, 2010 03:36 AM #5
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Joan - I'm with you on that one. However, I think the drivers will simply be observing the neighborhood for suspicious activity rather than going through people's trash. Kind of like a neighborhood watch on wheels.

Hey, John - Thanks for stopping by.

Hey, Terry - I'm wondering if it's not just another attempt to get people to spy on each other ala Germany eighty years ago.

Hey, Shoshana - I think it's going to get worse before it gets better because we keep on overpopulating the Earth. I hope I'm gone by the time we each of microchips in our shoulders to keep track of us for the public good and safety.

Hey, Carra - It's just a matter of time before Big Brother is everywhere.

Feb 08, 2010 10:22 AM #6
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Jim,  This is a great idea.  With the economy in this state, we have had a rash of break-ins.  In the past, I didn't bother take a look at every one who came by.  Now, I do.  The more eyes protecting us the better.  Now, it will take a few years for this program  to come this way.    Tere

Feb 09, 2010 12:16 AM #7
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

That should perk up their boring day, too.



Feb 10, 2010 10:46 AM #8
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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In some neighborhoods those guys slip a few choice items into the front of the truck - and they might as well use it if somebody else throws it away.  I hope if they find something "fishy" they would report it.

Feb 12, 2010 02:02 PM #9
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