Drones Being Used to Transport Drugs!
Over the last couple of months I’ve been reading into a lot of uses for drones and quadcopters. As previously mentioned on the blog there have been some very creative ways to transport high ticket item goods across small inner city locations. This is relatively safe and a good way of avoiding the fees and traffic too. The drone can also “accept payment” too which is a great way to avoid any stress of transportation. But as you can probably guess these advantages mixed with the advantage that no one really knows who is flying the drone, makes it very easy to transport high ticket illegal substances aka drugs.
In a recent article police in the UK found terrible uses for drones which are perverted and dangerous. Aside from this drones are often seen flying into and out of prisons to transport in drugs and other contribant substances. Obviously this is highly illegal activity but the use of this really shows how far the drone market could go. Transportation of high ticket items is a very real use.
A range of drones are available to buy without any registration or permit. Speeds range as high as 70mph and altitudes reach up to 10,000ft, making them a threat to aircraft flying in and out of airports.
David Dunn, a professor at Birmingham University who led research into unmanned aerial vehicles, told the Independent: “There needs to be regulation and there needs to be systematic attempts to educate the public.
“At the moment, you can by one of these things in a supermarket without any safeguards. We are lacking accountability or a deterrence.”
The Independent reported on the following:
An investigation by The Independent has found that the number of incidents reported to the police involving drones surged by 352 per cent in a single year as the public became increasingly aware – and suspicious – of the machines.
Reflecting the rapid uptake of the flying robotic devices, which can be fitted with cameras, reports to police surged from 94 in 2014 to 425 in 2015. The projected figure for 2016 is set to be even higher, with 272 reports recorded up until May this year.
The figures were obtained from Freedom of Information requests, with 21 of the UK’s 45 police forces responding.
The numbers also include reports of drones endangering commercial airliners of them causing fights between neighbours, and also of them being used by criminal gangs to transport drugs, often into prisons.
The majority of the reports, 257, were listed as a concern for public safety and under suspicious circumstances, but five cases involved acts of violence, 13 related to burglary, 14 to dangers posed to transport – largely related to air space – and seven made reference to drones in the vicinity of young children.