Category Archives: Drones At Work

Some of the Ways Criminals are using Drones.

Nefarious use of drones is likely to get worse before it gets better, according to officials.

  • Counter surveillance of law enforcement agents is the fastest-growing way that organized criminals are using drones.
  • Some criminal organizations have begun to use drones as part of witness intimidation schemes: they continuously surveil police departments and precincts in order to see “who is going in and out of the facility and who might be co-operating with police,”
  • Criminal crews are using drones to observe bigger target facilities, spot security gaps, and determine patterns of life: where the security guards go and when.
  • Criminal groups have begun have used drones as part of elaborate smuggling schemes,
  • Criminal networks were using drones to watch Border Patrol officers, identify their gaps in coverage, and exploit them.

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A year of drone rescues around the world.

In the past year alone, media accounts from five continents have documented dozens of people saved from danger thanks to drones. Rescuers have used drones to drop buoys to struggling swimmers in Australia and Brazil; England and America; and find stranded people in farm fields, along rivers and on mountain trails.

From May 2017 through April 2018, DJI has counted 65 people who were rescued from peril by use of a drone.

A single incident involved 24 tourists lost at night on a mountain with no food or water.  Searchers found them with a drone after three hours of effort, and needed hours more to carry them to safety. While it is unlikely that all 24 would have perished without the drone’s help, some were clearly saved from potential injury or death

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“My neighbors watch my back and I watch theirs”. Drone captures video of thief.

“Kind of looks like a deer caught in the headlights,” said Micah Perkins,  of Wewoka, Oklahoma. who said he knew something was wrong at his neighbor’s home.

Perkins then picked up his drone.

“I didn’t really think about it,” he said. “I just had it, and it was the perfect opportunity.”

Authorities said the female suspect, identified as Marissa Ramsey, was with a man but he left her in the dust.

“When he spotted the drone spotting him, he drove off rather quickly,” said Deputy Thomas Wood with Seminole County. “And, at this time, the operator of the drone noticed a female running from the residence.”

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