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Drone Technology in Surveillance Matters: Taking Investigations to a New Level

Drone Technology in Surveillance Matters: Taking Investigations to a New Level


A Drone is another name for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Put simply, a drone is a device capable of flight that has no human pilot on board. The drone is either controlled by an operator situated on the ground or elsewhere or by a computer.


For some time now drones have been used by the military for a variety of purposes including surveillance. As is the case with other technologies developed by the military, such as GPS, drones have become available for general civilian use. Today, drones can be used for any number of purposes, many not thought of just a few years ago. They include assisting in agriculture, rescue, disaster management (eg bushfire and flood assistance), movie-making and so on.


Where drones are perhaps most useful is in the area of surveillance. Drones enable the obtainment of footage in locations that were formerly difficult or impossible to access. In investigative work, drones can give you the edge by helping you get the evidence you need whether for court or just for peace of mind.


Have you ever wondered, how did they get that image, or video? More than likely, in the old days, a helicopter or aeroplane was used along with a long lens camera. Today, by utilising a skilled drone pilot and camera technician, you can discreetly capture images and surveillance footage at a fraction of the cost and with far less auditory and environmental impact.


A drone can venture into areas that a person cannot because of terrain, water, chemical hazards or other environmental factors. With the ability to fly up to 80kph, and with an altitude capability of 400ft above ground level (higher altitudes are available with permits) a drone can carry a high-resolution camera and shoot video at 4K resolution. Operations by day are standard and night or low light operations can, in certain circumstances, be arranged. Drones can be set to hold their position using GPS in order to get the perfect piece of evidence to support your case.


There is no limit to the circumstances in which a drone can be used but some common examples where drone surveillance may assist include:

-investigations into the behaviour of a family member, employee, insurance claimant, partner or litigant

-reconnaissance of a geographic site for development, planning, strategic or other purposes

-gathering evidence of a crime (such as dog theft / dog fighting, drug cultivation, dumping)

-gathering evidence of stolen property

-gathering evidence of the residency of a subject

-searching for a missing person or item

-accident or crime scene documentation

-neighbour or property disputes


Images and video can be supplied in raw form or edited as requested. Lyonswood Investigations & Forensics’ drone operators are licensed (by CASA) and insured. All flights are conducted in line with laws and regulations. Speak to us today about how a drone could help in your case or ask for a consultation with our drone pilots regarding the use of drones. Click HERE to contact us Today!