Last updated: 16 march, 2010 - 12:19 GMT

US/Mexico border patrol via webcam

Still from webcam footage of people crossing a river from Mexico to Texas

Six people were spotted attempting to cross into Texas using this raft

The authorities in Texas have launched a website which allows just about anyone to monitor the US/Mexico border.

Webcams have been installed in certain strategic sites and people from all over the country are being encouraged to log-on, watch live streaming of the border area and report any suspicious activity to the US border patrol.

Those who sign up are known as "Virtual Texas Deputies".

Les Stout is one of them. Why does he do it?

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First broadcast 16 March 2010

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