Skip to comments.Criminals Using Drones To Find Marijuana Farms, Steal Their Crop
Posted on 04/22/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Criminal gangs in the UKs Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports.
Its a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops thermal cameras.
Now, criminals are reportedly using the same technique, except theyre hooking the thermal cameras up to unmanned drones, and joining police in a race to locate grow houses.
They are fair game, a definitely sketchy, unnamed 33-year old is quoted as saying. It is not like Im using my drone to see if people have nice televisions. I am just after drugs to steal and sell. If you break the law then you enter me and my drones world.
The criminal told the press that he sticks to suburban areas, where he doesnt have to mess with other gangs and drug dealers.
Half the time we dont even need to use violence to get the crop, the criminal reportedly said, which we guess is er comparatively good?
MP Tom Watson apparently thinks its high time (get it?) the UKs lawmakers pay attention to the proliferation of criminal drone use.
[A]s a society we will be dealing with the impact of drones on our laws and regulations for years to come, and it is time the Government started listening about privacy concerns about the misuse of drones, hes quoted as saying.
All the benefits of a NUKE with None of the drawbacks.
As anyone who keeps planted aquariums can tell you, LED grow lights have been available for years now and they don’t put out heat or use much power.
If you are trying to grow a house full of weed you need lots of grow lights.
I should have added this to my post above:
The smart meters also alert the power company if someone is using a shunt to bypass the meter, and steal electricity.
A real thermal imaging camera for $300
Anybody who won The Open Championship five times deserves some props.
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