Drones are being widely used by enthusiasts. It can be flown remotely by an operator who is far away. There are millions of registered drones plus unregistered ones and homemade. Their use, however, is very lightly regulated. Because of this, criminals have seen their potential use in criminal activities. Drones in flight cannot be intercepted by local and state authorities even when a crime is being committed. And since they are very hard to catch, it has become more appealing for criminals.
How are drones used in criminal activities?
One of the ways drones are used in criminal activities is in spying or surveillance activities. They try to anticipate the movements of law enforcement officials by using drones to Livestream their movements. In once incident, a rescue operation, criminals used a swarm of drones to flush out hiding agents and practically blinded them from their attackers.
Drones are used to monitor the movements of security guards for security gaps from the air before staging a robbery. Even in residential areas, drones are used days to check out on the movements of residents of the home before breaking in.
Smugglers Use Them
Smugglers use drones to monitor the movements of dock security. They can trigger an alarm to draw dock security away if ever they come very close to their smuggled goods. Even drug cartel smugglers, when crossing the border, use drones to stay clear of border patrol. While radios were used before to report the movement of border police, it has now been effectively replaced by drones. This has made drug smugglers have no fear of arrest.
they are also being used by criminals to spy on police precincts to check on people going in and out of the police to find out who is cooperating with the police. Witnesses can be intimidated, and snitching is discouraged.
Perverts Use Them
Another use of drones is voyeurism. People have been charged for using drones to spy on people’s bathrooms and bedrooms.
They can also be used to film people withdrawing money from ATMs. From this, the PINs entered can be captured.
Contraband And Other Criminals
The delivery of drugs and contraband in jails using drones is now becoming common. People were caught delivering bags of marijuana into a state prison. All sorts of drugs including cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine are being smuggled in prisons using them. Some have used them to transport drugs over the border. As much as 22 kilos can be transported by a single drone across the country or the border.
They are also used to attack or in warfare. One man was caught dropping homemade bombs on a residential area using a drone. In warfare, they can drop explosives, or they can detonate themselves when they come close to their targets. Damage is done to both the drone and the target.
Some are used in hacking. People can get unauthorized access to various kinds of wifi networks with the use of these little machines. The risk of getting caught is reduced.
Across the world, criminals are using drones for their activities. law enforcement is having a difficult time catching them. Drone use regulations are now being worked out in Congress and local law enforcement. But until such regulations are put into effect, these criminals will continue to prosper in their criminal activities.