Published:
March 16, 2016
Fears over high-tech criminals using drones in Burnham-On-Sea area

High-tech burglars could be using drones to check out properties in the Burnham-On-Sea area in preparation for carrying out robberies, a meeting has heard this week.

Residents in the village of Mark heard about the concern during the annual parish meeting, which was attended by Police and Crime Commisioner Sue Mountstevens.

She was asked whether the police are aware of drones being used for aerial monitoring of properties in the Burnham area.

She responded that there have been a couple of incidents where drones have been flown over areas to potentially 'case the joint' but that it is not illegal to use them.

One resident told the meeting that they were concerned that microlights had been seen flying over properties in the Mark area shortly before a spate of farm thefts.

The government is currently looking into how to control the use of drones flying over private homes and being used irresponsibly.

 


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