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PostPosted: 15 Sep 2017, 11:45 
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A potential powerful but cost effective tool?
But how long before criminal elements start deploying counter tactics (even trying to bring drones down by whatever means)??

I see in article that drones used: "...drone used in Kleinmond on Thursday does not belong to police, but another law enforcement unit..."

As per NEWS24 ... y-20170915

Drone surveillance: Police have upped their snooping capacity
2017-09-15 09:06
Caryn Dolley

Cape Town - Police have started using drones to gather information usually beyond their reach - to map out exactly where crimes are being committed and, without officers even having to move around, identify who is behind illegal activities.

This means it will likely become more difficult for criminals to try and conceal their activities as they will be monitored without them necessarily knowing it, from high above.

The use of drones was discussed at a national level during a police portfolio committee meeting in Parliament in August.

Democratic Alliance MP Zakhele Mbhele had asked whether police could use drone surveillance for 24-hour monitoring of the homes of drug lords.

It emerged the devices would more likely be used for crowd control.

During the August meeting deputy national commissioner of policing Lieutenant General Sehlahle Masemola had said this type of surveillance was on the radar and drones were set to be approved.

However, some police teams are already making use of drones.

In Kleinmond, a seaside town in the Western Cape which was the scene of violent protests on Wednesday, a drone was used on Thursday to collect aerial footage of the area.

Brigadier Donovan Heilbron, the police cluster commander for the Overberg, which includes the areas of Kleinmond, Gansbaai and Hermanus, said he had to use resources wisely to cover an extensive area.

As such, where possible, he brought in resources and the services of other authorities, including law enforcement and private companies.

News24 understands the drone used in Kleinmond on Thursday does not belong to police, but another law enforcement unit.

According to legislation, drones, which are remotely piloted aircraft not used for personal interests need to be registered and operated according to related South African Civil Aviation Regulations.

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