People who throw garbage in public areas in Isparta are identified by fingerprints. Those who are identified are punished for the crime of deliberately polluting the environment.
Fingerprints are taken from people who want to issue a new identity, driver’s license and passport in Turkey. The usage area of these fingerprints is becoming widespread. Fingerprint data, which was previously used to illuminate crimes, will now be used to protect the environment.
Isparta Police Department started to penalize people who threw garbage on the ground in public places by detecting their fingerprints. Crime Scene Investigation and Public Security Branch Directorate teams regularly take fingerprints from bottles and plastic glasses in recreation areas, religious places, cemeteries, parks and gardens in the city.
The most recent fingerprint in the waste is matched with the data in the biometric database, and it is determined who the person who throws the garbage is. A fine of 1,362 TL is imposed on those who are identified for the crime of “deliberately or negligently polluting the environment”. In addition, those who throw garbage in religious places are also punished for “damaging places of worship and cemeteries”.