Research highlights large increase in drone related calls made by the public to UK police forces

Further research I have carried out via FOI requests of seven UK regional police forces shows across all of these seven forces sampled large increases in the number of drone related calls they have received in the period April to August 2015 in contrast to the equivalent period for 2014. Undoubtedly with the increasing numbers of drones that have been purchased and are being flown in the UK this can be seen as a primary reason for the substantial increases in the level of calls received by the police. The nature of the calls received highlights public concerns over their personal privacy, safety, and the possible criminal uses of drones.  To date there have been 4 known prosecutions in the UK for offences relating to the flying of drones.

The figures from the research are:

South Wales Police – 16 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 1 call received in the same period last year)

Cleveland Police – 15 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 1 call received in the same period last year)

Hampshire Constabulary – 27 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 2 calls received in the same period last year)

Durham Constabulary – 6 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 3 calls received in the same period last year)

Devon & Cornwall Police – 16 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 5 calls received in the same period last year)

West Yorkshire Police – 17 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 2 calls received in the same period last year)

Suffolk Constabulary – 26 calls received in April to August 2015 ( 7 calls received in the same period last year).

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