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Drones and thermal imaging cameras to find illegal cannabis farms

Release time: 2016-6-7    Source: RTF Drones

Law enforcement agencies around the world have used thermal imaging cameras for a long time to locate illegal cannabis farms or growhouses. That’s because the hydroponic lights used for indoor growing operations give off  lost of heat, making them vulnerable to detection by thermal cameras. When they come across a growhouse, they raid it. A criminal in the UK is doing the opposite. By attaching a thermal imaging core to a drone, he seeks out illegal cannabis farms and steals their produce, or compel them to pay “tax”, a fancy word for extortion.

Halesowen News interviewed the tech-savvy criminal who initially brought the drone so that he could look into people’s windows. When he noticed that police helicopters used thermal imaging cameras to find indoor marijuana growing operations, he bought a heat seeking camera online and hooked it up to the drone. When he locates a property he and “his crew” burgle the place.

Contrary to what most people would think, apparently in places like Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury “the people growing it are not gangsters,” says the crook. Apparently they don’t even need to use violence half the time when they hit up a growhouse.

Obviously in the criminal’s eyes this isn’t a blatant violation of peoples’ privacy, let alone a complete disregard for the law. “I am just after drugs to steal and sell, if you break the law then you enter me and my drone’s world,” he says.