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Drones deployed to catch burglars

Police in Manchester use new methods to spot thieves in the act

We’ve talked on the blog before about drones being used to aid burglars, well it seems the police are turning the tables on the criminals and using drones to catch them out. In the same week as an increase in car theft was announced, Greater Manchester Police has recovered around £165,000-worth of stolen cars using drone technology. They’re also using them to catch burglars.

Drones with heat seeking cameras are deployed in burglary hotspot areas offering plain clothed police officers on the ground valuable intelligence. Flying at heights of up to 400 feet, they are practically undetectable so criminals are unaware they’re being monitored.

As well as stolen vehicles, they’ve also recovered drugs, cash, weapons and suspected stolen property. A number of arrests have been made.