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Drones, as in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. While the larger ones capable of raining death and destruction down from above are reserved for military operations, smaller ones designed for less harmful activities can be bought for a few hundred dollars HEXO+: An Amazing Aerial Camera Drone That Will Follow You Everywhere HEXO+: An Amazing Aerial Camera Drone That Will Follow You Everywhere Imagine you're hiking up the side of a mountain as your aerial drone captures the footage like a scene from an epic movie. Thanks to a new drone called Hexo+, this science fiction may soon... Read More .

This raises the very real prospect of someone flying a drone around your neighborhood. Perhaps innocently, or perhaps for more nefarious reasons. But what would you do if that drone hovered over your property? This question forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You all about drones and people’s reactions to them.

Determining Drone Decisions

We want to know, A Drone Hovers Over Your Property: What Would You Do?

This question was prompted by the recent story of a man in New Jersey alleged to have shot down a drone as it was hovering over his property. We’re guessing most of you wouldn’t pull out a shotgun and take aim at the flying intruder. Because that is madness. But it did prompt us to start wondering what MakeUseOf readers would do under similar circumstances.

Shooting a drone out of the air is a rather extreme reaction to what is usually a harmless, innocent activity. Sure, drones are increasingly associated with surveillance operations and the loss of privacy we’re all feeling at the moment. But the average Joe or Josephine who spent a week’s wages on a drone in order to fly it as a hobby is unlikely to be spying on his or her neighbors. In the future, it could even be Amazon Air delivering a package The Best Amazon Prime Air Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Best Amazon Prime Air Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we look at how the Internet reacted to the news that Amazon is building a fleet of delivery drones for Amazon Prime Air. The Internet had a field... Read More to your next-door neighbor.

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So, what would you do? Would you immediately get your gun and shoot that drone out of the sky? After all, the airspace above your property surely belongs to you. Would you call the police and report the drone and its operator as a nuisance which is disturbing the peace? After all, these things don’t exactly run silent.

Would you identify who is flying the drone and head over in order to ask if you can have a go yourself? After all, actually controlling one of these things is a lot of fun. Would you assume it’s a UFO Top 8 Websites To Find The Latest UFO Sightings Top 8 Websites To Find The Latest UFO Sightings Read More , shoot a grainy video of it flying, and subsequently upload it to YouTube claiming an encounter of the first kind? No, probably not, but you get the point.

Simply let us know what you would do if you discovered a drone hovering over your property, and why. Whether you answer seriously or humorously, do please answer the question. Be honest, you haven’t got anything else better to do. And drones are here to stay 7 Industries Drones Are Set to Revolutionize 7 Industries Drones Are Set to Revolutionize Seven industries that are ready and braced to be (mostly positively) impacted – if not revolutionized – by drones. Read More , so we should have the conversation sooner rather than later.

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We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. Karen
    November 25, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Every night for abt the last 3 months when My teenage daughter goes up to get ready for bed a drone appears and hovers almost directly opposite my house. Prior to that I spotted the male who owns the house opposite hiding in his bushy hedgerow facing I. The direction of my property.. What can I do? I don't think this is normal behaviour do you,? am I being paranoid ?

  2. Ryal Nye Deveau
    November 25, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Tennis ball launcher. And if its over my house long enough for me to get it. Yes i will shoot it down.

    • GinisPeaches
      December 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Love this idea. :)

  3. Marsha
    November 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I been seeing a drone in my neighbors back yard about 40 feet high hovering around and sometimes into my backyard a little and neighbors yards. I been seeing this at night around 8-9 pm and sometimes as late as 11:30 pm. Its been going on for about a month and I just thought its a neighbors kid and there just playing with there toy. But then last night I was headed to the store and saw it hovering over my roof as I was getting into my car and as I drove down the street I saw a truck parked with a person standing outside operating it so there not a child, but a grown man who is not a neighbor. Should I be concerned. Or is there nothing I can do??

  4. SurvivorMan
    November 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I have anywhere from 15-25 drones over my home day and night. The thing is I am more than confident these drones are using technology unknown to the general public. I will give an example: For an entire month, I began to experience sleep pararlysis at 3:15 am, there were vivid and completely unatural dreams along with them. Also, i would be struggling to breathe and was lucid to the point i would faintly call out for help from my family. My child was in the bed with me and had to awaken me,,needless to say it was horrible for a child. Every time I became conscious my instincts immediately carried me to go outside and look in the sky. They were there crowded around my home and blinking lights and making maneuvers. I have videos of them trying to hide behind the trees when i brought out the camera. The video even clearly shows red light flashes directed at me which caused so much pain l had a small seizure. You can see this on the video as well. There is so much more than most are aware of. During the day i have recorded bizarre red light only seen on my camera that flashes and seems to be some form of radiation. I got am emf meter and the numbers jump to very dangerous levels all the time. Now for the part no one will believe, they use voice 2 skull technology on me as well. I am not joking around and I have tons of recordings to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that I am being gang stalked as they call it. I am of sound mind just to let you know because its too hard for the average American to believe people would do these things. Its diffivult for me to conceive, but the video and audio recordings do not lie. Take it or leave it, there are sick evil people using technology to destroy innocent American civilians. I am willing to take this to the highest court and even die to make these things known to everyone. I know its unbelievable, but as ugly as it is, it is the honest truth. I have a wife and children to protect, but what can i do when no one is willing to take it seriously. I even have video of one of these people fleeing my home with his direct energy weapon glowing bright. I first spotted him right outside the window near the smart meter. He was holding this device to his throat and i could hear him loud and clear. Its some sort of gps tracker he uses to watch and communicate desth threats to me every day. The ones doing this are counting on you to believe I am just some insane person, but That is their bread and butter. We, the American people must unite and stop this for our children's sake. If anyone wants to stand up against these criminals, then lets do it. Its up to us to stop this now! I am not afraid to die to end this. If anyone believes me and wants to help contact me. One more thing, they atch every single keystroke and will even disrupt your internet or device if needed. I have had all i am willing to take.

  5. COLEEN VALDEZ
    October 17, 2016 at 6:08 am

    THE LAST FEW DAYS AND EVENINGS SOMEONE HAS BEEN FLYING A DRONE AND WATCHING MY FAM. I PRETENDED I DIDNT SEE IT WHILE I DUG FOR MY CELL. THE SECOND I ACTED LIKE I WAS TAKING ITS PICTURE, IT ROSE UP AND THEN CAME BACK A FEW TIMES. . THEN IT FLEW OFF AND BACK A FEW TIMES. I'M AM TICKED BECAUSE WE COULD OF DRESSING ETC.

    • Julie
      October 26, 2016 at 1:50 am

      Hi! We have had the same problem. Except burglaries are occurring, one of which occurred at our place. We caught the drone flying around about 1AM in the morning. Fly way high up in "hover mode" as soon as the police put their spotlight on it. We live in northern Md. mind if I ask your general location? We feel very violated. And yes, will shoot it down next time!!!!!!!

      • COLEEN VALDEZ
        October 26, 2016 at 5:48 am

        WE ARE IN SOUTHERN COLORADO. NO SUCH LUCK OF EVEN SHOOTING AT IT. ILLEGAL TO FIRE GUNS OF ANY KIND, EVEN B.B. GUNS IN CITY AND COUNTY. THE LITTLE CREEPO IS OUT THERE NOW AND ALSO LAST NIGHT. (SORRY FOR CAPS. VISUALLY IMPAIRED). THEY MUST HAVE NIGHTVISION. I THINK MY NEXT STEP IS SOME SORT IF RF DISRUPTOR. MAYBE I CAN MAKE IT CRASH AND TEACH THE JERKS A LESSON...

  6. Ted Leo
    September 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I had a problem with a neighbor and his toy.. I called an officer friend and he came out.. The toy showed back up obviously watching the situation.. Now, I've got a pellet gun with a scope. The officer told me THAT is perfectly fine to use if it's being a nuisance.. "Abs if you can hit that thing at that altitude with that gun you won't need to call me." I lifted the pellet gun-the toy didn't move-I adjusted for wind and movement and fired. I hit the toy but didn't take it down but it fell about 15 ft and flew awkwardly back over the hill it came from.. I've never seen it since nor has anybody come to my home complaining.. You are allowed to use these type vermin gun devices (BB/pellet guns) legally..at least in my state so check your laws and get a good pellet gun. That will stop it!

  7. Rebecca
    September 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I'm shooting it down tonight! I have salt shot and a 12 gauge, and I sick of this creep hovering over my home and barn every night now, 3 in a row! I found where he was operating from (a dry washout next to my 6 acres) and I've set up game cameras. The drone falls tonight! Maybe if more of us shoot these creepers there will be more privacy laws governing "hobbyists" and protecting those of us at our home. We shall see. #downthedrone

  8. Porsha J. Solis
    August 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I have video of a drone and a man in a tree I have noticed the Drone flying over my house only at night and it seems to have her by the windows I have contemplated getting the rifle and shooting out the sky but thought that would be a little overboard so I'm thinking going with a BB gun to at least let them know im rather sick of it. I cannot report it to the police because the police are in on it I need help what do I do

  9. Curt Dauwalter
    July 22, 2016 at 3:56 am

    YOU HAVE A UNIQUE BLOODLINE AND IF THERE WASNT SO MANY CHEMICALS IN OUR FOOD AND WATER YOUD BE ABLE TO REMMEBER AND USE YOUR ABILITIES TO SAVE THE HUMAN RACE LIKE YOU WERE SENT HERE TO DO

  10. Curt Dauwalter
    July 22, 2016 at 3:53 am

    if yo are being followed it is probably becAUSE YOU ARE A THREAT AND THEY ARE USING SCALAR WAVES T DEACTIVATE YOUR DNA

  11. Baadogs
    July 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Well, if you think shooting it out of the sky is madness, how about shooting the IDIOT who is running it? Actually, I have no guns, (never have, never will) so I'd have to choke the life out of him with my bare hands. Bastard. Fireworks are bad enough. Those STUPID drones are a bridge too far.

    • PunaPhantom
      September 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Woa you need to chill.

  12. penny.o/Davies County
    June 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Can anyone give me any information on who to contact on harassment in the state of Missouri, I live in the Northern part of Missouri, and an ATF agent and task force agent lives just a few miles away from me and I think he and this agency is stalking me because for over a year all of the things I stated above has been happening to me, and I do nothing illegal and do not know why I am being followed by these drones and why they are doing this to me and it really bothers me that my privacy is being compromised and I am ready to do something about this, it is not fair that law enforcement can spy on a person when they do absolutely nothing wrong and do not engage in any illegal activity what so ever. Please would someone please let me know of how I can start this process and what are the steps in getting my privacy back. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  13. penny.o
    June 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I live in Northern Missouri and for over a year I have noticed two really big satellites and several drones that are constantly right above my house, the drones will fly right above me and will also follow me everywhere I go. On any given night there are around 6 different kinds of drones because they have different colored flashing lights on them, I can walk around my property and they will follow me everywhere I may walk. Some of them have green and red lights with a bright white blinking lights, I have even seen some that are just a bright green halo lights, and some with blue and red lights. I do not know why this is happening or what is going on, sometimes there will be a big bright white light that will shine down and hit my windshield of my car, even when my car is shut off and no lights on at all. I have even seen it just hovering in a field waiting for me to turn down the highway I live down and it just sitting here waiting for me to turn down my road. What is this? Can someone please tell me what is going on? I do nothing wrong and do not know why this is happening to me...Please help me

  14. Scared outta my mind
    June 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I Had that Same experience last night. I Go outside 2 smoke cause i noticed i was followed all day 1 was hovering thought it was a star but it was blinking. i go back onto porch 1 fly low directly in front of me wtf???

    • penny.o/Davies County
      June 11, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      this has been happening to me for over a year and usually around 6 of them and two really big ones

  15. Chrystal
    April 14, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I've got 5 drones that follow me every day. People think I'm crazy till I take a picture and zoom in showing them. In one picture you can see an operator. I've traveled to different cities and now different states. Right along side the vehicle the drones keep pace. A friend decided to shine a super bright flashlight at the brightest and closest one to my house. It zig zagged and dropped elevation. I was quite surprised and wished all those who didn't believe my "stars" were actually drones. I even had another friend post up while I ran back and forth up the street. They were able to see it follow me at a close range. I'm about ready to call the local military base, Fort Ord, which is "closed" even though there's rumors of an underground military operation, and complain to them. Hee Hee. Every time I see these drones I wave. I feel safer knowing someone or something is watching me and hoping it will all be captured on film. The reason being is due to recent traumatic experiences that could have been stopped if maybe there was an eye in the sky.

  16. Lydia Nichols
    January 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I have a question. Is it considered a serious invasion of privacy if a "drone" follows me from my house to my work just about every day and then I don't see it after that?. I don't think it's someone harmlessly flying one around because not many people know where I work. Also, I'm not doing anything illegal so I am really not sure why it keeps following me from 7-7:30 every day that I go to work. Help please! Also, it's too far up in the sky to be a normal drone and I can't hear any noise from it

  17. charlie
    January 18, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I think some people are full of crap all together with very little intelligence and a bad temper. I am a drone operator. I had a neighbor come to where I was (open grass area) to tell me to get my drone down from the sky and never fly it again. He argued I was flying my drone with the only purpose of spying on his wrinkled as$. Of course, I refused and he called the police which came shortly to laugh about it. Truth be told, I was flying the drone for at some 300 feet hoovering near his property for maybe 10-15 seconds after take off while I was spinning looking for a main road where I wanted to head out to. I was going to wait for a visitor that was coming hoovering over that main road while telling him where to go from the air. Some of you wacko's are trigger happy and would use any excuse to shot at anything. I do understand there are bad apples in every tree and there has to be a few pervs using drones for other purposes but like the original writer stated, the average joe just wants to fly his new toy and take amazing videos. noone wants to catch an old, fat grease-ball naked.

    • PunaPhantom
      September 2, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Exactly! Well said. Problem is the #whinylittlebitch aka trump has everyone stirred up and is giving license to some in our society to use violence to solve issues. Actually there are heavy regs which went into place last month to regulate us pilots.

      Letting of a few rounds in an urban neighbourhood is a sure way to get arrested.
      Shooting a UAV out of the sky is also illegal and will get you arrested. My UAV is designated an aircraft, has an FAA Tail Number and is afforded all the protections of any registered aircraft, as am I the pilot... you wouldn't shoot at a helicopter passing over your property [or actually some of you might, given the tone of some of these comments]

      And to those saying "my airspace" sorry... it isn't YOUR airspace actually unless designated by a NOTAM or indicated on an aeronautical chart as a prohibited area or within 5 miles of an airport... it is OUR airspace - the publics, regulated by the FAA... if challenged they would probably use: United States v. Causby that a farmer in North Carolina could assert property rights up to 83 feet in the air [Supreme Court 1946 - relating to military aircraft flying low over his farm].

      Just like in many instances owning a piece of land does not necessarily mean you also own the rights to the minerals beneath it.

      • Kristin
        October 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

        Actually people do own the mineral rights on their property. There really is no reason for you people to be flying drones over peoples houses. If someone disables your drone when it's flying low over their property they have every right to do it. The only reason to fly over somebody's house is to spy or to case for a robbery. So screw you and your drone. If your drone is on my property I'm taking it down and then I'm going to destroy it. No, I will not allow you on the property to retrieve it. You can call the police to come get it.

  18. freeland
    December 13, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Yea, he/she should should go fight in and for their own country and freedom the way five generations have in my family instead of criticizing and freeloading off of Americans through immigration and enjoying the spoils they did not earn and that is why they do not understand and appreciate the right to privacy.

    • Lou
      August 2, 2016 at 4:37 am

      There is problems out there I am experiencing same thing it's not the drone its the people behind it there apps out there that does all kinds of things I will put it on when I get a chance or punch in mfineman.cc.rr.com the list of names will be imformation punch in name and read each one app for tv I phone and tracking device

    • PunaPhantom
      September 2, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      WOW... listen to much of #whinylittlebitch trump do ya?
      Pathetic... are you native american???
      No, didn't think so... so shut the f up and stop being a hypocrite... your 5 generations STOLE this country from the rightful citizens - your generations were terrorists brah!!!

  19. freeland
    December 13, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Jan Baker - search online for the drone protection that scrambles the camera once it comes into the zone you set. Then throw something over it, capture it, disable it from flying - have to research how to do that, then change the frequency, scratch out the serial number, then sell it on e-bay as one of the other posters suggest. If you don't want to hassle with the resell, just get the camera scramble, capture it and destroy it.

    • maky
      April 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      wow dude. so if somebody just is flying their drone past above your house and it happens to get scrambled by your gadget, they lose their drone? chances are itll crash. youre not important, nobody wants to spy on you

      • Kristin
        October 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

        If you don't want your drone trashed or stolen don't "just happen" to have it fly over people's property. Fly itin public places.

  20. freeland
    December 13, 2015 at 3:03 am

    If it's on my property and I can get it down, like the other user, I got myself a new drone. I will make a hobby of collecting them as well as using any drone protection available. I have worked hard all of my life and am entitled to the peace, quiet, and privacy that I have worked so hard for. Those things are coming down one way or another.

  21. Joe
    December 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Dave, has no idea what you’re talking about. These things are a real problem. Tonight one was spying on us through our bedroom windows while we weren’t clothed, and when we called the police they came over and said there’s nothing they can do about it. My wife is freaked out that they are casing our house for when I’m not home. So what should I do, stay positive and cheery? They are getting cheaper and better by the year, and the cameras are now HD. Some creep in our neighborhood now has footage on his hard drive of us naked.
    The worst part is that this will only get worse as drones get cheaper.

  22. PK WARD
    November 27, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I pay a lot a $$ to belong to a golf club. So sue me. I worked very hard my entire working life (since the age of 14) and comfortably retired at age 63. All I want to do is love God, love my neighbor, mind my own business and enjoy 3-4 hours of golf with friends who are still alive and/or not fighting a life-threatening disease. Today, as I approached the 17th green, my husband asked me "what's that noise?". I immediately answered "it's a weed-wacker". Except there was no one around doing yard work and the noise was getting louder and closer. I looked up. There was a drone hovering over me. I didn't know if I was about to get shot, bombed, photographed or harmed in any way. These things make enough of a noise that you cannot ignore them especially when you're attempting to focus on a task such as hitting a golf ball. Of course I miffed the shot and as soon as I did the drone swept off. What WILL I do? I get not shooting them out of the sky with a gun and out of respect for the 2nd Amendment I will not do that regardless of the invasion. However, I have asked for a CO2 Beretta90two Air Pistol for Christmas in hopes of blasting that MFer out of air space the next time Mr. or Ms. Ihaverights decides to interrupt a golf game that I have paid dearly for. It is beyond my comprehension that our government is allowing ordinary people to own these without any knowledge or commitment to safety and respect. If one ever causes harm to any member of my family I will make every attempt to find the owner and I won't be carrying an f'in glorified bb gun.

    • Kristin
      October 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      EXACTLY!!!! Next time you're on the golf course either shoot it down with the BB gun or whack it with your golf club, then destroy the thing .That drone operator was intentionally spying on you. Let the whiny MF call the cops. You were defending yourself .

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      SO... the noise of a weedwacker OK... same noise from a "drone" - shoot it out of the sky.
      WOW!

      First... my advice... DO NOT carry your pea shooter to the golf course or out in public... with the state of hysteria in this country you are liable to have a cop shoot you. (Are you black? then definitely don't carry) AND unless you are Annie Oakley it will be next to impossible to shoot it down with a BB.

      Secondly... Your paranoia is totally unreasonable "I didn't know if I was about to get shot, bombed, photographed or harmed in any way." - unless of course you believe all the hype from the #whinylittlebitch [trump and republicans et al]

      These "drones" have wide angle cameras on them, once 100+ feet up in the air it is almost impossible to distinguish WHO you are... let alone make out features like genitalia etc (for an earlier poster complaining about a "drone" spying through his bedroom window... which I find highly suspect - extremely hard to fly at night - light gathering qualities of these cameras is not able to see at night - yes hypothetically you could retrofit with night vision optics - rather a stupid argument so don't go there)

      Just as in the gun argument that you republicans seem to hold up as the gold standard... "it ain't guns thats kill people it's people that kill people" - using your logic - (which I subscribe to however) don't condemn "drones" - prosecute those FEW pilots that fly irresponsibly - and yes... if I were playing a round a UAV hovered near me I would be damn upset also... so I get your anger and frustration.

      RC (Remote Control) aircraft including RC Helicopters have been around for decades...
      A "drone" is just that, a remote controlled aircraft.

      The govt does in fact require that you pass a simple test (on safety and regs) before issuing an amateur pilot license for "drones" over .5lb (which accounts for the more sophisticated aircraft like the DJI Phantoms that can fly miles away from the operator)
      Three of the restrictions in the regs are:
      Do not fly over people
      Do not fly at night
      Fly within Line Of Sight (which means you would be able to see the operator and confront him/her)

      • Kristin
        October 14, 2016 at 1:24 am

        The problem is not everyone is responsible. A lot of people are using these things to harass and spy on people. If I have one flying close to me I will take it out of the air immediately and smash it. The propellers could cause significant damage and I would have no intention of paying for the ruined drone.There has been a case where some stupid 18 year old attached a gun to one and was firing it out in the woods. Another problem is that they are not free from crashes and broken propellers. I would not care to have one crash into my car when I am driving. I just read a review on one on Best Buy's site and the first review was from a young man who said it does all the regular things very well, taking pictures and spying on the hotty next door. This is considered normal? So, yes if one is flying lower than the tallest tree in my yard I will take it out with a frozen paint ball.

  23. Nicola Hughes
    September 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Today I was having a nap, in my underwear because sue me, its more comfortable when an annoying buzzing sound woke me up. I looked out the window and didn't see anything so I lay back down. Only when the buzzing got too loud to ignore did I sit up again only to see a drone with a camera hovering outside my window, and then move along slowly to look in all the other top floor windows. In a University halls of residence. I felt sick

  24. Coy Jackson
    September 18, 2015 at 1:56 am

    If a drone was hovering over my property I would get my transmitter out and try to hijack that rascal. If it worked I would enjoy my new drone!

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Sorry... RC and bird paired.

  25. mikee1422
    August 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Well if it's a neighborhood the folks with the drone should take it to the neighborhood park to play with and not over private property, I say yea anyone who fly's drones over private property should have to suffer the consequences of not to smart a decision if it get shot out of the sky, too bad........

  26. Randy Hebb
    August 14, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Like so many other things, it is the person using the drone, not the drone that is the problem. "The masses are asses" rings so true so many times. If the FAA says drones are not allowed to fly over 400 feet, then the software built into the drones should limit them to that altitude. There was a report of one flying close to a passenger jet at 700 feet! I think the public will get their fill of these idiots flying their drones too close to people or houses and there will be many more reports of damaged drones. I think drones have some commercial use, such as in aerial photography, inspections of structures that can not be inspected in other ways, etc. But selling them to the public in general and really having no control over their use is asking for problems.

    Have you heard about the jerk in Connecticut who posted a You Tube video of a drone with a 9 mm handgun mounted on it and it was able to fire, remotely! Fortunately, they found the idiot and now he's in trouble with the FAA, Alcohol-Tobacco-Firearms, and local law enforcement. I hope they can find something to charge him with, (besides being a number one ahole) and put him in prison for a time. Yes I hate drones.

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you for a rational rebuttal.
      You are so right.
      The only point I would make is that these are just more sophisticated RC aircraft... and the RC enthusiasts have been around for decades... It does take a high degree of skill to operate a traditional RC model than a present day "drone" and so many more are in the hands of unskilled pilots and as you point out "A-holes"

      Your point about the "darwin award recipient" is well taken and I fully endorse prosecution to set an example for other idiots who are ruining it for the rest of us.

      I use my UAS as an airborne camera platform for my photography and more importantly as a tool for my mapping business, where I map a farmer/rancher's property to evaluate crop health, drought tolerance etc. But I FULLY support the responsible recreational use of these amazing machines.

      When I hear someone say "if is see a drone flying over my property I'm gonna shoot it out of the sky"... really just __flying over___ I can understand if it were hovering low over your property... but __flying over__ on the way to another destination ???

      And lastly... the more sophisticated "drones" like the phantoms that can fly miles away from the operator - are regulated by the FAA... for recreational use you have to pass a simple test on safety and regs - any violation of which can be heavily fined... and if Commercial such as myself - the test is pretty rigorous involving 60 questions from the Pilots Exam - Enforcement is however another matter.

  27. Cookie Lipschitz
    July 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Does the writer honestly think that "the average Joe or Josephine who spent a week’s wages on a drone in order to fly it as a hobby is unlikely to be spying on his or her neighbors" obviates concerns about the use of these idiotic toys for nefarious purposes, such as perving and casing houses for later robbery? it's been happening quite regularly, and shoot-down incidents are growing, despite the shooters ending up arrested for violating local ordinances concerning discharge of firearms within city limits. The FAA needs to step up and do something about this, or local authorities need to step in, an soon.

    • Chris Foster
      August 1, 2015 at 6:06 am

      We found a drone in our horse pasture today and we are in the middle of nowhere in western ny it is invasion of privacy this is crazy

    • PK WARD
      November 27, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Hovering over someone when they are out in the open trying to accomplish something (hitting a golf ball, riding a horse, practicing for a track & field event) is just plain annoying and can be dangerous (horses don't like drones). Just because someone's intention are not covert doesn't mean their actions don't produce consequences. I believe the government KNOWS the average gun owner with a low tolerance for such shenanigans will get fed up and grab their shotgun. Bad move. Bad, bad, move. And there they have their argument against the 2nd Amendment.

  28. Amanda Rose
    July 31, 2015 at 2:27 am

    There is a hobby shop a less than a block away from me that sells drones...one day last week I caught one looking in all my windows. It was definitely going from window to window, not just flying over the property. I feel very violated by this...unfortunately I work a longer shift than the shop is open. My next day off I plan to go in and complain. I doubt they will be able to do anything, or even admit to owning or selling the drone in question. Definitely feeling the need for some concrete legislation for drones, and fast. For now I am hunting for a solution about what to do the next time it sows up...

  29. Kevin Glowe
    July 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I know there are people that would do it as a hobby and it pretty cool, I get that. But if it hovers over my property they are invading my privacy. Why is there a question about legal rights here? If a creeper looks over the fence they are a "peeping tom" and I have rights to protect myself and if they do it more then once then they are "stalking". We should have the right to take it out of the sky. As far as cameras I don't care if it has one or not. If it is around my yard and my neighbor is NOT laughing and screaming "Watch out it a UFO" (so I know its him and he is messing around) then watch out I will do what I have to neutralize the problem.

  30. lyra55
    July 21, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Saw one last night hovering over my deck, pointed at my bedroom window while I was in bed watching tv. I thought it was a plane in the distance, but it was in front of the trees! I heard the buzzing, whirring of the engine, I got up to go investigate and it took off. It was 10 pm after sunset and only 10 feet over my deck! Very close! Could not see if it had a camera. What a creepy feeling! I want to know how to report this!

    Feeling leery on Lopez Island Washington

  31. Nyla Jean Parker
    July 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    ii feel these should be destroyed! i have nothing to hide it just infuriates me

  32. Martin Bugayong
    June 25, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I don't know what they are really looking at hovering over my house. The noise isn't too annoying. I have two dogs and a fire pit outside. I don't really mind it because you can see the same thing on Google maps. But if its at my window looking in, that's when there will be a problem.

  33. Sean H
    June 5, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Just had one fly over my yard and very close to my house, 2-3 min and a camera on board. When I was a kid you could not fly RC planes in the local park. How come we allow this?

  34. Sara Cash
    June 4, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Aircraft have registration or N numbers visible to the eye and have a mandated minimum safe altitude. Drones should also have easily visible numbers and minimum legal altitude AND a minimum proximity to private dwellings so private citizens may report violations and file charges.

  35. Rox C
    May 17, 2015 at 1:48 am

    When the drone is hovering over your swimming pool with your 20 year old daughters in it and you go look to see who is controlling it and see it's the Sheriff, I'm sorry to say, I wanted to get the shotgun and blast it out of the sky!

  36. Bob C.
    May 16, 2015 at 12:21 am

    If it was making bothersome noise as it hovered...with a tiny camera. I would smile, wave, and give it landing directions (as I did in the military) using hand signals to land on my property. Once it landed. I would attempt to capture it, and hope the owner used GPS to find ME..holding the DRONE with a warning.
    Let everyone GUESS what that warning would be as I awaited the police?
    I see it as an invasion of my privacy. So, our Constitution would be in effect.

  37. Dave
    May 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Be mindful that a drone is considered by the FAA to be an aircraft. Shooting at an aircraft is a federal offense.

    • LadyLoneStar
      April 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Horse manure, Dave!

      • PunaPhantom
        October 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

        Actually Dave is correct.

        I would also like to comment here.

        I am an experienced UAS pilot... flying one of these is not hard, -in the open with no obstacles and no breeze- ADD trees, a fence, a building, night time and the expertise needed to fly one is exponential... I do not want to call anyone out... (and consequently deal with all the flames... no doubt will get anyway) but to pilot my "drone" from my yard avoiding trees, fences, electrical wires etc to get up next to your bedroom window - at night with no vision (except the highlight of windows etc) - well I doubt even I could do this with all my experience... hysteria and making up stories to make a point is ruining this country... thank god it will settle down after Nov (hopefully).

  38. JLynn
    May 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    My highly creepy neighbor across the street has a drone and has been hovering it over my back yard and over other the neighbor's yards even further behind me. I am certain that he loses sight of it being so far away.
    As a woman, I find this very offensive and personally violating. I have read the prior comments about shooting it down and it sounds tempting (I am a dead eye shot anyway). I have not confronted him, but that will be my next step. I don't suppose contacting the police would do me any good.

  39. Tawana Wilson
    May 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    If I could I would shoot it down and the operator. Organized stalkers are using these drones. Especially when losing sight of the targeted individual. Also, as a harassment tactic with the lights and noise. Report every time there is a sighting on the various sites. Don't bother with the police, probably friends. They are cowards with flunkees.

  40. Paul
    April 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I live on 10 acres, with my house in the dead center. If a drone is hovering over my house, I would appreciate its presence as much as I would appreciate the presence of a peeping tom looking in one of my windows. It doesn't belong there, and I am justified in whatever action I wish to take. If it is close enough to get taken down by birdshot, it's far too close. It has no reason to be there and it's a pretty clear invasion of privacy in my opinion.

    Sorry if anyone thinks I'm a tough talking cowboy, but it's my property and they don't belong there. I have no trespassing signs for a reason, and the fact that the unwanted presence is airborne doesn't mean that that warning is not applicable to them.

    I'm not looking for any reason to start shooting at stuff, but just like anyone else caught trespassing on my property, they might not get shot at, but they sure as hell aren't going to get a warm reception.

  41. Drone Reclaim
    April 25, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I'd send up my super-drone-catcher (it has a large, garage-door opening on one side,) and I'd suck it up into the drone sucker, take it back to my base, retrieve it, change the radio frequency and sell it on ebay. Why blow it out of the sky when I could resell it for hard currency? Do you have a drone problem? Call "Checkmate Drone Recovery," and we'll take care of that little problem for free! :)

  42. Emily Taylor
    April 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

    No onenis spying on you, you're a fat worthless ugly white trash moron. Get over yourself and your unwarranted depressed self importance. No one cares about you At all. Stop trying to front just to run from your miserable life and feel special.

  43. Emily Taylor
    April 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Love all the raging keyboard warrior losers, you don't even have a gun, the courts took that priviledge away from you when you were deemed a retard and for good reason. Shooting up into the air in a residential area is stupid, gets people hurt, and makes those people pressure the government to make yet even more strict gun control. Based on these comments maybe it's time for most of you raging miserable pansies to become an heros and just suck start shotgun since people like that are of no use to anybody.

    Not to mention acting like a tough guy like that makes you a threat and when someone shoots you dead don't go crying because you gave them legal right too.

    • Kristin
      October 13, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      It seems pretty obvious you are the retard . Send your drone over my property and I guarantee you I will destroy it .

  44. jan baker
    April 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    My husband goes out of town a lot and the neighbor down the road flies one in our backyard while we're eating dinner. Sometimes it lands in our driveway. It's the size of a chair. I worry he's checking to see if my husband's truck is home. What do you suggest I do?

  45. Tommy
    April 14, 2015 at 3:32 am

    To everyone who said they would shoot it down, I'll happily bring my drone over and fly over your property. I doubt any of you would back up those words with actions. Plus I only use the camera, if not filming for scenic shots, as a First Person View for accurate flying.

    • Kristin
      October 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Don't you count on that Tommy. I will take your drone down and destroy it. Once I get it out of the sky and it's on my property As far as I'm concerned it becomes my property and I will do whatever I want with it .

      • Tommy
        October 14, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        I would thoroughly enjoy that Kristin! Not only would you be financially responsible for the damages, you would also be charged with a felony for "malicious destruction of property over $250." I think you might enjoy your time in jail.

  46. Maria Crawford
    April 13, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I came hope in Dec two years ago. My daughter and I were looking at the stars and she said " Mom what the heck is that? I looked up and there was a picnic sized flying object the size of a large picnic table hovering about 20 ft above our house. I said I don't know but we d better get inside. It really freaked us out, because of the size. It had four greenish lights on each corner. It flew away SOOO fast. Afterwards we realized it was silent the entire time. Last night my husband and I were in the hot tub looking up at the stars and I thought I saw an owl flyi g over head and we both realized it was a small drone. I don't care for the fact that the privacy of our home is being invaded. The first time was bad enough it twice? Makes me really creeped out.

  47. Connie Shaddy
    April 9, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I want to know how they can "legally" (of course, nowadays, laws don't mean squat!) SPY on neighbors? It's not that I feel "the airway over my property belongs to me" but the privacy invasion does! I have a sheriff neighbor who is a royal asshat...I caught him in my backyard (without my permission) climbing all over my fence and running through my yard...claimed he was looking for his daughter's RC chopper. "Get outta my yard!" I don't even go into my neighbor's yard without permission to retrieve my dog's ball! Now because we are having construction done on the back of our house, he wants to "spy on us to see what we are doing"! It's wrong...it's offensive...and if it continues, YES I will purchase a BB gun and have some target practice with it. You are so right, too, they are NOT silent! It's an invasion of MY privacy, I don't give a care that "it's fun"...fly them WITHOUT cameras then if it's just "for fun"!

  48. Jim Gordon
    March 9, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I say, EMF pulse and charge criminal trespass and peeping tom if appropriate.

  49. Max
    March 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

    If I felt that the drone was being intrusive, I would put my Electrical Engineering degree to good work and build an RF Jammer. Just needs to be on long enough for the drone to crash, at which point I'll just scavenge it for parts. If the owner of the drone comes looking for it and wonders why it's in pieces, I'll just say a fox got to it (drones look like chickens, right?).

    • Connie Shaddy
      April 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

      But if the RC has a camera....they are going to know you "dissected" it. LoL

      • freeland
        December 13, 2015 at 3:14 am

        No....not if you get the camera scrambler. I can't recall the name but there is now drone protection technology that will scramble the ability for the video to record so you can do what ever you need to do (within safe means) to protect your privacy, e.g. down that thing and destroy or resell it.

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Sorry... no good.
      If my UAS looses signal with the RC she simply ascends to RTH (Return To Home) altitude and comes home. But good try.

  50. Nuunofyerbiznes
    March 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    My response has been, and continues to be, pulling out my compound bow & modified "flu-flu" arrows. I don't care who controls or "owns" it. If you intrude into my airspace, it belongs to me. You have just given me an unsolicited gift, so I am under NO obligation to return it. The nice thing about my method is that it's MUCH safer than using a firearm. The fact that it's also completely silent goes a long way in avoiding questions from nosy neighbors and/or law enforcement. At one time, I would post these "gifts" for sale on CraigsList, but people starting coming forward with all these "demands to return misappropriated or stolen property". Now, I immediately and completely destroy them unless I believe they are "government owned". In those cases I carefully disassemble them and bury the pieces all over my land along with the thousands of pieces of scrap metal I previously buried all over my land. I wouldn't want to be convicted of the heinous crime of "destroying government property", so they're all still out there if "they" decide they want them back. Even though they are being used to illegally spy on American citizens we're expected not to do anything about them?! Really? If so, this is NOT the country I risked my life and became fully disabled for. I am a disabled veteran and when I volunteered it was to help defend & protect the Constitution of the United States of America. That oath doesn't end, ever. Even though we're no longer "America, the land of the Free", to the rest of the world. We are the Korporate States of Amerika, now. All Hail The Prophet - PROFIT! ZIEG DOLLARS!
    Remember our new korporate motto: I've got mine, you're on your own

  51. fanspeed
    February 26, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    i would shoot down just because it would be fun to do, or get a high pressure nozzle and go after it. probably belongs to a rich kid and I never liked rich kids ,so if I could ruin their day all the better.

    • Connie Shaddy
      April 9, 2015 at 11:08 am

      That's a GREAT idea!!!!

      The problem "bug" I have doesn't belong to a "rich kid", just a deputy dog that thinks because he wears a badge, he's above the law and wants to spy on his neighbors!

  52. Heather Latham
    February 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Ok, given that today five drones were reported flying over strategic targets in Paris (including the US Embassy) http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/24/europe/france-drones/index.html, what would YOU do???

  53. Drew
    February 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    So Mr Parrack, what would you suggest when someone hovers a drone at 15-20 above your back yard for 1/2 hour, you can see a camera on it, and it is interfering with your quiet enjoyment of your property ?

    In my case, i was in my pool and later laying on a lounge chair in my fenced back yard when this happened. I could see theyhad a camera and I tried to get their attention and wave them away, they backed up momentarily, then came right back. I finally picked up a pretty good sized rock and acted like i was going to throw it and they buzzed away. Later i saw them picking it up out of a neighbors yard, and i warned them next time i would use the rock or a slingshot, or and there would be NO warning. Haven't had any more problems...

    • Connie Shaddy
      April 9, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Was it kids?

      I have an issue with an ADULT (well, he's grown...not acting like an adult).

  54. Jim
    February 13, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Shoot it down

  55. DEEK
    February 13, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I first noticed a drone this past September 2014 at 3 AM directly in front of my window. After glancing up thinking the North star was exceptionally bright tonight, went to the barn to check on stock since coyotes have been digging into the barn to get chickens. When I returned it occurred to me, that is EAST, not the north star. Thinking of the possibilities, it was either an alien spacecraft, a drone or Jesus was being reborn in my neighbor's barn. Decided it was a drone. Went in to get my binoculars then sat on the patio observing it till time to go check for coyotes again. Interesting that it could sit motionless in the air except for revolving lights on top. Another interesting thing happened. On the left side of the 'thing', it twice expelled a vapor looking like smoke downward, visible for only 5 seconds till it dissipated. It then moved to the right, It then expelled one vapor on the right side which stopped it. Not exactly a high tech method of controlling forward momentum or stopping.
    I'm at 3,000 feet, the drone, at approximatly. 5,000 feet. Every night it travels there from the east and parks. It remains motionless until almost daylight then travels back to the east from where it came. Tonight, I saw several from my window, went outside and counted 10 directly over my home. They're too large and flying too high to be an independently owned toy. I live out in the country on a farm in Nebraska. Farms here are large, tracts of 60 to hundreds of acres. Why the influx of more of them tonight is interesting, Did the original see me 'flip the bird' at it the night before so it brought in reinforcements?
    I'm not ET, there's no power in that finger.
    What would YOU do?

  56. Linda B
    February 10, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    The fact of the matter is, that it is an invasion of privacy when someone uses a drone to peer in someones home. I know someone this has been happening to and they are getting ready to move because of it. Nobody has any business what so ever peeking into someones private home and listening in on conversations taking place in that home. My friend is so paranoid right now about the whole situation. Most people he tells thinks he is crazy. What will it take before our government passes a law naming it what it really is, and that would be harassment. That is exactly what is. No more, no less unless it is law enforcement tracking a criminal. My friend is not a criminal, but the person spying on my friend is. Some people are not mentally able to handle something like this. Does someone have to get hurt before something is done about it????

    • rick
      April 6, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Your friend needs to try the frozen paintball trick. It's legal.

    • rick
      April 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Your friend needs to try the frozen paintball trick. It's legal.

  57. Jacob B
    February 2, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I live out in the country and if i saw a drone flying over my house i would grab my 12ga shotgun or ar15 and i would seriously consider shooting it down if i didn't know who was flying it. If i see that it has a camera mounted to it i will shoot it down. Out here in the country drones are rare and most of the time someone is using it to spy on or simply bother someone. I don't like people spying on me. Im ok if someone politely asks me if they can fly their drone or other rc aircraft for fun over my property and i would probably let them, but if i didn't know who was flying it and if i can't see who is flying the drone over my house then i would take action against it.

  58. Del
    January 27, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I think the repsonse to this question is really going to depend on locale. For me, one of the gun loving Americans that you seem to look down your nose at, it's going to depend on a variety of factors. Mainly, how high is it flying. If it's just flying over my property and moving along, and it's well above my house, then no problem. If it's down at a level where it can view into my home and potentially take pictures/video of any women or children and it's hovering around and not just passing through, I'm probably going to take it out. I live out in a very rural area, there's no logical reason for it to be hovering in my yard and I would remove it, as would the police officer that lives down the road from me said he woud do. But, again, even though there's no rational reason for one to even be above my property, I'd ignore it if it was high and just flying over.

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you... another reasonable rational response.

  59. Sandy
    January 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I'd try and get a closer look at it and scope out my neighbors to see if one of them are operating it. If I were able to determine it was sporting a camera, well then, I'd probably play a little target practice. What I would use would depend on 2 things; my mood and how high it was. A bb gun may be the more appropriate tool if it were close enough, if it were to high, I'd have to take a chance on something a bit more powerful. :D

  60. AE
    January 19, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    My neighbor has a camera equipped drone that he's been flying over our homes intrusively. In fact we could watch him spin the camera in our direction. It was extremely intrusive. So we flipped him the bird and he would take off only to return...and he continued.
    Next it was a paint ball gun with frozen balls. It worked!

    • Kristin
      October 13, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      NICE!!!!!!

  61. Anonymous
    January 19, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I have a question can anybody tell me what are t choices if I know I'm been spy by drones ?

  62. Deanna
    January 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Had it happen. Neighbor flew it over our farm. Let it go till he started hovering it over me and my animals.
    Called him and confirmed it was his and he was operating it. Told him it was not welcome. Sent certified letter stating no trespassing with it. Also told he did not have permission to tape our property or post any on social media.
    Reminded him harassing animals with it was violating animal control codes. Interfering with private hunting on property was a violation. Taping was violation of privacy. Further trespassing was a criminal
    offence.
    I had to call our county Attorney General to see what could be done as it was something the deputies were not familiar with.

  63. dan
    January 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Sounds like everyone that would shoot it down thinks a little too highly of themselves. Unless you're a career criminal or terrorist, you most likely are not being watched. I never understood how people will destroy anothers property without having second thoughts. If you feel threatened call the police, it is what they're there for. By the way i own guns and believe whole heartedly that most people should own one.

    • Connie Shaddy
      April 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

      "Unless you're a career criminal or terrorist"? What about if you are just minding your own business, LAW ABIDING citizen...sitting out on your patio, and here comes one buzzzzzzzzz.....WITH a camera. It's obvious you've not encountered one. It's intrusive, an invasion of privacy.

      If it's just for fun...why do they need a camera and hover it over neighbor's backyards?

    • Kristin
      October 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      It's not that people think highly of themselves Dan. You don't have the right to fly your drone around somebody's house. What if it crashes and hurts somebody? You can protect your drone By flying it in public areas. I would use the frozen paintballs to take your drone out myself instead of using a firearm . In my opinion if it's on my property it belongs to me and I will take it .

  64. Les
    December 31, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I can probably get a better view of someone's house from Google than I can from my drone. And besides, there are way more interesting places to fly than over some guys house BBQ'ing. If I want to see awesome stuff, I leave town.

  65. Hayden
    December 26, 2014 at 11:58 am

    An individual's property has the right to be viewed from common areas, the road, sidewalk, etc. people place fences around their yard to reduce that view from public. A drone with a camera is an intrusion to that privacy. It's true that not all drones have cameras, but many if not most do. My drone does have a camera. If one feels the need to fly a drone over another's property, that to me is an intrusion of privacy. If their own property is small, I would suggest purchasing a smaller drone to practice their flying skills. If the drone flys into my property and crashes I would consider it lost and wait on the owner to ask for it. Otherwise, I believe the drone is fair game.

  66. FB
    December 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Can I launch my own drone to interdict? If a collision between two drones happens above my own property, one of the drones being mine, is the other persons drone considered a trespassing drone?

    Whose property insurance is liable for the damage? Do I need to post a "No Drones" sign?

  67. C W
    December 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    respect my space above and around and ill do the same if you dont you need to learn some

  68. mick p
    November 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    You can't half tell this is an American site. Your gun culture is sick.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      This isn't an American site. We're technically based on Hong Kong, but we have writers from around the world. I, who wrote this article, am from the UK. The commenters are a different matter altogether.

    • Nuunofyerbiznes
      March 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      It's really easy to say cute things like, "your gun culture is sick" by people who wouldn't survive 5 minutes here on their own. Don't like it? We DON'T BLOODY CARE WHAT YOU THINK! That's EXACTLY why we kicked the British out.

  69. workerjoe
    November 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The common law distinguishes between two different types of airspace. The lower and Upper stratum.

    The lower stratum is concerned with the portion immediately above the land and interference with this air space would effect the landowner’s reasonable enjoyment of the land and the structures upon it.

    Wrongful intrusions include; Overhanging branches of a neighbours trees and plants or projecting eaves or advertising signs and Booms of cranes being used for construction work on neighbouring land.

    The Higher Stratum is something which exists above the height which is reasonably acceptable and necessary for the ordinary use and enjoyment of the land by it’s owner. The landowner has no greater rights to this airspace than any other member of the public.

    S. 76 Civil Aviation Act 1982 states that ‘the lower stratum is unlikely to extend beyond an altitude of much more than 500 or 1,000 feet above roof level, this being roughly the minimum permissible distance for normal overflying by any aircraft’ (Rules of the Air Regulations 2007, Sch 1, s. 3(5)).

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      S. 76 Civil Aviation Act 1982
      In the UK - right?

      In the US I believe they will probably settle on 500ft...
      Though a previous case some decades ago mentioned 84ft...
      In essence however ALL the airspace from grass to heavens above US territory is governed by the FAA.

  70. Will
    November 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    If it's over my property, I grab a net and trampoline, and it's mine now. :D

  71. Bill
    November 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Your approach is either leading, that is, looking for a reaction, or biased. People have a certain right and expectation of privacy. When someone is trespassing, the thing to do is find out what they want, and if there is no good reason to detain them, send them off. When a drone is intruding, it is not a person. It really doesn't matter whose drone it is, or why it is there. If it doesn't belong above your property, get rid of it. Shooting it down is a good response. At higher altitudes, it would be hard for most people to hit one anyway, but if it is low enough to hit with a bullet, or as has been suggested, a blast from a shotgun, it is - or should be fair game. If you later want to find out whose drone it is and press charges, that would be a good way to follow up.

    • Will
      November 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Just take it for your own.

  72. Book King
    October 31, 2014 at 3:39 am

    First of all, I would like first say that I am educated American. That being said, I am also a "Redneck".
    The educated part of me says to first discover the nature of the UFO, then find the owner. And maybe or maybe not return it. E-bay might offer a few dollars for a slightly damaged UFO.
    However, the other part of me would like to go on offence on this intrusion of my property.
    This is a matter that shall be decided in the moments after I see the UFO, whether or not to take this as intrusion from Mars, or a dumb prankster with no idea how good my skills are with a RC battle copter.

    Long Live the Book King

    @somebody
    I especially love the RPG comment, thank you for making my day.

  73. RobH
    October 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    OK, what do we mean by a drone? A small slow low-flying hobbyist quadcopter or a big high flying police or military device. I suspect few of us would tangle with the latter (and probably unsuccessful & illegal anyway) so let's think about the hobbyist device. Someone has chosen to invade my privacy. What if the same person chose to hide a camera in my house or across the street looking into my bedroom? What if its a burglar checking out who's at home, what doors or windows are open, what rooms are occupied, what security is in place? What if its a rapist stalking my daughter to establish her routines and find a good time to attack?

    I'm not happy to accept those risks and, had I the means, would consider hostile action to be an appropriate response.
    Maybe it is just a kid playing about - but as the individual being spied on I have no idea who is in control or what their motives might be.

  74. elhancho
    October 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Take a selfie with the drone, then shoot it down.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      At least you had the mind to photograph it before shooting it out of the sky.

  75. shadowfax011
    October 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I will take out my Gun and shoot it down.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Just like that? No questions asked, no attempt to find out why it's there, just bang, bang, down she goes?

  76. Drone Pilot
    October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I love all of the people saying they'd shoot it down. If you do, *YOU'RE* the one going to jail, not the pilot. /facepalm

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I agree, especially if they make no attempt first to find out what individual or organization is flying the damn thing. Bonkers.

  77. Marque Cornblatt
    October 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    If you're gonna shoot a drone,, you gonna have a rough time. Especially if you try to shoot down this one
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl2Z9N4Q82g

  78. supersubra
    October 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    \After all, the airspace above your property surely belongs to you\ Is it so. then can we shoot airplanes flying over our airspace. Drone is visible so all can shoot it. suppose some guy out from Mars is spying us without our knowledge what can we do.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Yeah, I'm not convinced the airspace above your house belongs to you. If so, how far up does it go? It's a strange assumption to make, IMHO.

  79. Almash K
    October 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Didn't belive in destroying that kinda technical stuff, rather would love to see a Drone flying over my plot, that would be great, but it has to be on my terms.

    Bring it down someway, modify it and again relaunch it.
    And if the damn thing refuses to get modified, use it for spares.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      And what if the person flying it comes looking for their property? They might not take too kindly to you having brought it down and tampered with it.

  80. Jon
    October 17, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I'd like to check it for WiFi signals with my tablet, look at it with my binoculars, and take a picture of it.

    I can entertain the idea of launching an RC helicopter of my own as air defense... or using a batarang.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Do you have a RC helicopter with a gun attached to it sitting waiting for just such an occasion?! ;)

    • Jon
      October 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      The air fleet of my imagination would be well equipped and ready, but I'd want to try other methods than bullets.

      I'm honored that you didn't question the batarang.
      /^_.M._^
      `w^V^w'

  81. Felina P
    October 17, 2014 at 12:56 am

    No need to run for the gun, it is closer then that...calmly shoot it down & remove all camera & gps locators for destruction. Then destroy & remove all evidence . What drone?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      This is fine except for the video footage being beamed back to the operator which shows you shooting the thing out of the sky!

      • PunaPhantom
        October 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm

        AND the flight logs which show the precise (GPS/GLONASS) position AND altitude... Maybe it wasn't above your property (kinda hard to tell when off in the distance) maybe it was flying along the road...

        WOW... just realized I wasted a couple of hours of my life I'll never reclaim by reading these (misguided) comments.

        But just to reiterate... for the most part I believe we as UAS pilots are responsible... it is the few idiots that are influencing public opinion. After all there are 10k's of flights each day... yet relatively few objections...

        Drones don't spy... People spy.

        I'm through... see ya.

  82. John peterson
    October 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    The Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton, they have stealth drones that follow you about.

  83. R. M.
    October 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I imagine most drones would be at an altitude that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to shoot down with a shotgun. Besides, it's against the law to discharge a firearm within the city limits (in my town). I think it would be great fun to use a tunable remote control, find the correct frequency, and then take control of it (which would probably result in a crash).

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      You're assuming these are the big ones designed to spy on people. It could just be a small drone being flown by some random hobbyist.

  84. R A Myers
    October 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I live in a No Fly Drone Zone. https://www.mapbox.com/drone/no-fly/?embed=true#5/45.890/-64.292 If it didn't delever an Amazon package I'd call the FAA. Then the police and Sheriff to let them know the Feds have been notified. The Id' sit back and watch the fun. There are other actions that can be taken, but would probably result in an interference with law enforcement charge.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Who are you assuming is controlling the drone? If it's the police or feds then calling them wouldn't do any good. And if not, then surely it's totally innocent, no?

    • R A Myers
      October 21, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Dear Mr. Parrack, In answer to your first question, it doesn't make any difference, its an FAA "No Drone Zone". If it's the police or feds, they'll know they've been spotted and may leave. If it's not the police or feds, then the answer to your second question is, "Yeah, right!". I hope I got my spelling and punctuation correct this time.

  85. Brent Coughenour
    October 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    SHOOT IT DOWN

  86. David Strube
    October 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Have a little bit of fun with it.

    First, have some object in your backyard that either looks perfectly normal (like a patio table, or a doghouse, or a large hole) or nefarious (dead body, pile of bloody tools, or nuclear warhead). Next, step outside casually, look around, enjoying the blue sky and then suddenly notice the drone and then quickly run inside. Run back out in a panic with a tarp and quickly cover the aforementioned object. Then look up at the drone and smile and wave as innocently as possible, as though they didn't just see you cover up something very interesting.

    Bonus points if the object is flat enough and you write in big letters on the tarp "I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE :)"

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Brilliant. I'm glad someone used their creative juices to answer this question, as the endless, "Shoot It Down!" responses were starting to wear me down a little.

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      As Dave says... Brilliant.
      And as an after thought... this would probably happen:
      The "drone" pilot would call it in thinking he was some big hero... the police would arrive, the pilot would probably be on the street to witness his heroism...
      The police would then find it to be a hoax and could charge the pilot with filing a false police report....

      yeah?

  87. Doomstar64
    October 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I would hunt down the person and suggest that we mess with people by attaching one of those old ufo frisbee from like 2000 and see how many people freak out about it,

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Ha, that would be awesome. I've seen someone on YouTube attach a Superman doll to one and fly it around. Unsurprisingly, it freaked people out.

  88. edbhassell
    October 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Do not live in a rural area.....so the bird shot is reserved for the proverbial Jihadist trying to break into my home in the wee hours (hey it's dark... how do I know they were not Jihadist?). I'd opt for BB Gun, Hose, or if it truly was problematic I would purchase my own and launch a counter strike with a light chain attached or go ala Kamakazi drone on it.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      All burglaries are committed by "Jihadists," eh? I must admit that's a new one on me.

  89. Rob
    October 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Air rifle or slingshot so as not to cause too much damage then straight to ebay.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      For sale: One slightly damaged drone that may or may not belong to the U.S. Government. What kind of price would you hope to fetch for that?

  90. Fik of borg
    October 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Capture it somehow without damaging it (with a net, a tarp, I don't know).
    Then let the owner come and ask nicely for it. If not, then I have a new drone.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      That sure beats shooting the damn thing. I'm guessing you're not American.

    • Fik of borg
      October 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      No, I'm not american (I'm from Venezuela). What gave me away?

  91. likefunbutnot
    October 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I really, really don't care. Maybe someone with a camera sees me doing something that a human being does in their own home. Probably using a computer in my underwear while petting a cat. I'm not interesting to look at and I'm not doing interesting things. I suspect that whomever serveils me would very quickly be bored out of their skull.

    Further, I don't believe I have any territorial claim to the airspace above my home and I strongly dislike firearms, so I suppose that if I did have strenuous objections, I'd limit my protest to closing my blinds and/or trying to flash the thing with a laser pointer.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      "using a computer in my underwear while petting a cat."

      Are you a Bond villain in your spare time?

  92. dragonmouth
    October 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I would shoot it down, but then I might get in trouble with the government. Something about "wanton, willful and unprovoked destruction of governemnt property."

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Yeah, have fun in Guantanamo, buddy.

    • Don
      September 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      If the government owns it, and they have no search warrant. You have a very nice federal civil rights lawsuit you will win.

  93. Phoghat
    October 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    shoot it down

  94. Breaking Points
    October 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I'd tie a good inspiring banner to it and let it fly again! ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Wow, a positive comment amidst a barrage or negative, gun-toting, hate-filled comments. Thank you.

      • Joe
        December 1, 2015 at 9:45 am

        Dave, you have no idea what you're talking about. These things are a real problem. Tonight one was spying on us through our bedroom windows while we weren't clothed, and when we called the police they came over and said there's nothing they can do about it. My wife is freaked out that they are casing our house for when I'm not home. So what should I do, stay positive and cheery? They are getting cheaper and better by the year, and the cameras are now HD. Some creep in our neighborhood now has footage on his hard drive of us naked.

    • Anon Y. Mouse
      February 1, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Seriously? What else are these for if not for spying? I found this article in a Google search after catching a drone hovering right outside my 3rd floor apartment window, with its camera pointed my direction. Get real. You can call it "gun toting" if you want, but people are fed up with lawyers saying they have no reasonable expectation of privacy and geeks who believe they have every right to violate it. Enough is enough. If I see it around my window again, I will blast it out of the sky. I hope you drone lovers are in for a serious reality check soon when heavy regulations are imposed on them.

  95. Donna
    October 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Great target practice.

  96. RobH
    October 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

    UK gun ownership is so heavily controlled I'd have to resort to an alternative. How about my longbow just for the joy of 21st century high-tech being defeated by something that's been around for thousands of years.

    • techguy001
      October 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I'm in US but I definitely second the bow. A nice broadhead would take it down fairly easily I'd imagine.

    • KT
      October 17, 2014 at 1:39 am

      You just made me regret selling my compound bow. Flinging some arrows at a drone sounds like a great time!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      You would have to be a bloody good shot to bring one of those things down with a crossbow.

    • PunaPhantom
      October 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Not to mention the hundreds of wayward arrows sailing over neighborhoods... oooops... sorry, just killed your 6 yo playing in his sandbox... but it was that damn drones fault...
      yeah good luck with this insane scenario... now go vote for trump.

  97. jmh
    October 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Over my property? I think not. (unless I can see the person operating it, then I'll go over & talk) 12ga shotgun with game load if it's in range. If not in range, that i'll be practicing some shooting with my rifle.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      You have a shotgun and a rifle. I'll hazard a guess you're in the U.S.

    • Ted Leo
      September 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      David, your Euro-trash response insulting Americans is telling.. And yes, in the US we value privacy. Some will fight this type of invasion of privacy. Our laws are catching up to this and a solution will eventually be had for this insanity. We, as Americans, are currently using the judicial system to fix the problem and it will not be a solution you think is prudent. In the US the laws will eventually cover private property from "privately owned personal drones" having the right to 'remain or hover' over private property.. That's how the law will eventually fall.. Law enforcement, delivery and other "WELL MARKED" drones will be exempt but a neighbor will NOT be able to stay and be a nuisance to another neighbor in the US!

  98. just being me
    October 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Personally I agree with Andrew Kelley

    but on the other hand I'd probably take a few shots with a good pellet rifle or break out a paintball gun

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      A paintball gun is a good call actually, as you could cover the lens of the camera if it had one without actually taking it out.

  99. William Peckham
    October 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Were I rural, possibly birdshot. I live in town and would not want my neighbors letting fly for so little reason, so I would not shoot it down. I would try to down and recover it, and have a talk with the owner (if I could find him) and the police. Could I not down it, pull out the blowgun and some paingballs and see if I could hit the lens.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Yeah, I'm guessing someone shooting for whatever reason would start a panic. Surely better to try something else first, eh.

  100. Andrew Kelley
    October 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Let the bird-shot fly. Sorry, but that's MY airspace. I don't mind if people want to fly these things for recreation, but they better have the land to do it on or have access to an area on which to do it. I know locally here there is a hobby group that fly model airplanes, one of the members owns a good size bit of land and that is where they fly them and that's the way it should be. If you have the money to buy one, have the brains to use it properly. I don't let 4-wheelers and people I don't know trespass on my land for no good reason, it's really a matter of safety, for them and myself and family. We hunt out there, and to have someone out there that does not know our hunting areas puts them in extreme risk of being shot. We certainly do not want to shoot anyone but accidents can and do happen, we don't "POST" our property line simply to "POST" them, the signs are there FOR A REASON! If you feel you must go on my property for a reason talk to me, I am not a totally unreasonable person but I DO have a need to know you are out there, and for what reason. The same goes for a drone in my eyes.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Is it your airspace though? I'm not sure the deeds of a property grant you rights to the sky above it. If so, then how far up does that extend? Do you shoot birds that dare to land on your roof?

    • Andrew Kelley
      October 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      My sportsman's hunting license does include fowl in the air, so in a sense it really is my airspace. I suppose that if it is at an altitude high enough that bird-shot cannot reach it, it would be out of my airspace. As far as the roof is concerned, if needed the pellet pistol will get the job done without seriously damaging the tin. ;)

  101. Gina M
    October 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I would capture it with a net, or by blasting it out of the sky with high pressure water. I've wanted a drone for a while, they're expensive :-)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      You can get your own for a few hundred dollars. Surely that beats stealing someone else's and potentially destroying it in the process?!

  102. somebody
    October 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

    fire an rpg to it. hehe

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      We all keep an RPG or two spare in our basements, don't we? Or have I played too many video games?

    • Ted Leo
      September 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Hey David.. You can keep defending the drone use..but eventually the courts will limit its usage in residential areas..just like trucks and heavy vehicles.. So keep defending and us lawyers will keep fighting!

  103. RW Driskill
    October 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I know I do not have neighbors who fly drones, so I would have to think spying of some sort or another. I live on 11 acres, in the country. There is plenty of air space on the 10 acre and 20 acre property of my neighbors that it would be necessary to fly over my property. I would should the sucker down as quick as I could.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I guess in your particular circumstances I can see why you would assume it's someone spying on you.

  104. PlaGeRaN
    October 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

    If it's not branded and in my backyard, it's going down.

  105. Raja
    October 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    if its just passing over then whats the harm , you dont shhot birds that fly over your property.if it seems to be targetting you then its a serious matter and police shoul be informed

    • dragonmouth
      October 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      "you dont shhot birds that fly over your property"
      Birds do not carry cameras unless they are NSA-trained and owned.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      @Raja I suspect these answers are indicative of the mindset of different nationalities.

      @dragonmouth Why are you assuming these drones are carrying cameras and spying on you for the NSA?

    • dragonmouth
      October 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      @dave:
      Because I am not as equanimous about being surveilled as you are. Besides, where I live, everybody has enough property for their toys not to get lost over someone else's. If it's over my property and I don't know anything about it, it's evil and must be dealt with. :-)

  106. Horace
    October 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

    If it stays for more then ~3 minutes, will go after the drone and call the police.

  107. Usman Mubashir
    October 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I'd see if its being used for spying or something or if it is just a delivery drone. Then I'd either leave it, or get it out of trouble or put it in one

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      How would you know if it's being used to spy on you or not?

  108. Marcus
    October 16, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Shoot it down!

  109. Kaffine
    October 16, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Shoot it down, and call the police to make sure the pilot was prosecuted to the fullest extent of my state and local peeping tom laws.

    Sorry, just because you have disposable income does not me I do without my expectations of privacy. What is the difference between a web cam hidden in my house, and one hidden over it? Nothing.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Why are you assuming the drone has a camera attached to it and is filming you? Anyone can buy a drone and fly them for sport, so they're not all used for surveillance purposes.

    • PunaPhantom
      September 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Sorry but if you take that tack the police would charge you... and you would be responsible for the damage caused the drone. Precedent just set by case in FL (I think FL).

      I fly these everyday... and I am also very protective of my privacy - so I understand the general fears but they are for the most part based on misconceptions:

      When we fly over a neighbourhood (maybe for real estate job or our friend wants an aerial of their house in context to their neighbourhood) we are at a height that doesn't let us see clearly who you are... The lenses on these vehicles are wide angle... They are not like they show on TV of military and police UAV's being able to zoom right in to see the mole on your cheek. For that we would have to physically move the aircraft in to within a 50-100 ft range, at which point - YES I would have to agree that is being obtrusive and invading my privacy... and you could pick up a rock or deck chair and hurle it at the UAV.

      Anyway - just my 2¢... just to say if I was flying responsibly and unobtrusively and someone decided to shoot mine out of the sky - _I_ would call the police.

  110. Empty
    October 16, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Using a gun might be a little extreme (and possibly illegal), but I might take the hose after it.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I'm guessing you're European? ;)

  111. KT
    October 16, 2014 at 2:44 am

    I can accurately be described as a tech loving, heavy metal loving and gun loving guy. The practical side of me would make me look around for hobbyists having innocent fun . If I didn't see anyone, I'd probably be inclined to break out one of my 12 gauges and sling some bird shot at it (depending on my mood that day). I probably wouldn't resort to that the first time I see one, but if it came around a few times, I'd probably take it out.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      You're assuming it's bad news then? Why is that?

    • KT
      October 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Worst case, it's a gov. or corporate entity getting info on me without my permission (constitutionally illegal in the U.S.)

      2nd worst case, someone is purposely annoying people with their new toy and need to be taught a lesson in the value of money and privacy.

  112. ian
    October 16, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Over my property! Shoot it down.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      As a first response? Before even finding out what it's doing, why it's there, and to whom it belongs?

  113. Deason
    October 16, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Smile and wave.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      And then show it it your bare bum?

  114. Hayduke
    October 16, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I would yell, "Pull!" Then I'd blast that sucker out of the air with my sweet little tactical sawed-off.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      But why would that be your first response? Who are you assuming is controlling the drone?

    • Lexi
      January 26, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      If my neighbor was making a habit of peering into my yard, I would have a rather heated exchange. Why would a camera equipped drone be ok? It takes invasion of privacy to a whole new level. If I sunbathe in the privacy of my pool behind tall walls and someone decides they're going to take photos from their drone, do we not now have problem? I consider that as harmful. I'll blast it out of the sky and if they're stupid enough to retrieve it, then I'll at least know who they are so that I can file subsequent charges for taking photos of me nude in the privacy of my home without consent.

    • Rick Brady
      March 2, 2015 at 1:01 am

      I am being very serious when I tell you I would show that drone a "FULL MOON"
      P.S. I am a man.

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