How Police Catch Drone-Flying Criminals - BBC
From invading privacy to smuggling drugs over jail walls, more criminals are turning to flying drones – forcing detectives to learn new skills to find them
By Paul Marks 31 July 2017
After spray painting his drone black, and taping over its lights, south Londoner Daniel Kelly probably thought he had a good chance of getting away with flying his now-stealthy drone into a prison yard.
So in the early hours of 25 April last year, he flew the cheap, Chinese-made quadcopter, with what police believe was a package of contraband – tobacco and possibly legal highs – attached to a hook beneath it, over the wall of Swaleside jail on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent.
Unfortunately, he overestimated his chances: he ended up jailed for 14 months, becoming the first person in Britain to be locked up under legislation that punishes such behaviour.
But Kelly isn't alone. He's just one amongst many people worldwide who have discovered the potential that low-cost consumer drones have for illegal activities.
How can a criminal pilot be identified when, say, only a drone is found at a crime scene?