Drone police launching to clamp down on crime

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Two years ago, the Nerd Reactor crew went to CES and saw a rise in a technological product: consumer-grade aerial drones. While it did not take hold of the public’s attention until a year later, analysts saw promise and concern with access to this technology. Amazon shipments with aerial drones? Yeah, it was an idea.

Despite the benefit and fun which came from these aerial drones, not everyone appreciated its usage. Back in April, someone in Japan migrated a chunk of radioactive sand to the top of the Japan Prime Minister’s office [ArsTechnica]. While a man in Kentucky shot down a drone, back in October, suspecting that it was spying on his daughter who was sunbathing in the yard [CNET].

For instances such as these, both large and small, each country has responded to the rise in consumer-grade aerial drones in different ways. For Japan, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department will start monitoring drones who enter No Fly Zones, locate their operators, and have them shut down. In the event that the operator is not found, camera-enabled drones will hunt the drones using large nets [Japan Today].

In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration, will begin a required registration for drones starting December 21. If the drone weighs at least 9 ounces, it needs to be registered [USA Today]. While this is not as aggressive as Japan’s actions, it is a step towards recognizing that drones are worth paying attention to.

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