21 December 2015

Illicit Delivery Drones Keep Crashing Into British Prisons


By Kelsey D. Atherton

Strangeways Prison In Manchester

Stemonitis via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.5

Strangeways Prison In Manchester

The criminals were fast, airborne, and on a one-way mission. Their crime was as daring as it was well-planned: flying over prison walls, they landed in an area that prison security cameras couldn’t watch, and were set to deliver their cargo. Before they could succeed, they were picked up by guards, and tossed into evidence. The criminals were drones, and last week marked possibly the 9th such time a drone has flown into a British prison.

As International Business Times wrote:

The carefully organised delivery saw the craft operating in one of the very few areas of the prison not covered by CCTV cameras, suggesting its pilot was well-informed about the jail's security setup. It is believed the superstrength skunk and selection of mobile phones and chargers it was carrying were ordered by prisoners in time for the Christmas period.

The holiday timing of the delivery, as well as its relatively innocuous contents, adds a charming twist to a growing threat: cheap drones used to bring contraband into prisons. In the United States, the Justice Department stated it wants to find a way to keep drones out of the prisons it controls, and people have already used drones stateside to get contraband into prisons.

While the United Kingdom deals with a rash of drone smugglers, they might want to turn to Tokyo for advice. Besides restrictive laws on drone flights, Tokyo police now employ an anti-drone squad, which can capture hostile drones with giant nets.

[Fast Company]



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