CBS in Denver reports:
A drone crashed into a Brighton man’s backyard and now the homeowner wants answers.
George Ray said the drone had a GoPro camera mounted on it and was videotaping over his property located off Interstate 76 near 136th Ave. early this morning.
Ray said he heard a strange sound outside his bathroom, “All I could hear was a ‘Beep, beep, beep.”
When he looked outside he saw a drone with a camera.
“What dummy would be flying around a drone at 3:30, 3:45 in the morning? It doesn’t make sense,” said Ray.
Shortly after the drone made an unexpected landing, “This is where it landed at. Apparently it crashed right here, fell to the ground.”
So here’s the kicker: the man turns the fallen drone into the sheriff’s department, who returned it to the embarrassed drone owner. But CBS reports that “Although what happened is not a crime, it is considered out of the ordinary.”
This hits all the “creepy” notes. I suppose one could argue that if he’d never known a drone was recording his property at 3:30 in the morning, there’s no real harm. But to think that your neighbor or a stranger is having a drone hover over your property and be recording it, well, how secure would you feel in your privacy? This incident highlights some of the issues concerning drones, privacy, and the need for regulations and a societal respect for privacy.