Consumer drone giant DJI has blasted as ’irresponsible’ a report which revealed that UK police received almost 900 calls about drone use in 2015.
The 860 reports of drones flying over residential properties included concerns that users are flying the unmanned aerial devices to spy on children, and criminals are using them to plan burglaries.
The data was obtained from UK police forces by Esri UK, a mapping software company, under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
Greater Manchester Police received 90 calls – the highest number from 38 of the 45 forces that responded to the FOI request.
However, London’s Metropolitan Police – the UK’s largest force – received just one call.
The complaints included one from someone in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, who reported a member of the public ‘flying a drone over the school field with a camera’.