blog Australia’s law enforcement and defence agencies have for some time now been demonstrating their interest in using remotely controlled drones to tackle crime. The military already uses them, South Australia’s police force went to market for a whole bunch last November, and Queensland Police is also keen on the technology. But what the law may not have quite anticipated is the degree to which criminals are also interested in using drones for their own, not quite as legal purposes. Victoria Police tells us in a media release issued on Monday this week:
“Police have arrested a man following an alleged incident where a drone was hovering in the vicinity of a prison in Ravenhall yesterday afternoon. A man and a woman were located in a car on Middle Road around 4.30pm with what was believed to be a drone with four engines and a small quantity of drugs. The 28-year-old Lalor man was charged with possess a drug of dependence and attempt to commit an indictable offence. He has been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 17 March, 2014.”
Obviously, trying to supply illicit drugs to prisoners is probably not something which most Australians would approve of, and we’re glad to see that the boys in blue have cracked down on this individual. However, we do have to say we appreciate the enterprising nature of the attempt, and we’re sure we’ll see more such examples of this kind of drone enthusiasm from Australia’s criminal underground. Drones, it turns out, are likely to be used by everyone — and not just for legitimate purposes. But then, that’s always the case with new technology.