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Girl chased by drone while on her way home at night

Last weekend, a girl was chased while on her way home at night. the drone incident took place in the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, in The Netherlands. The police reported the news on Facebook. The drone flew after the girl for some time on Sunday night. After she arrived home, the drone hovered above the house for a while. The drone pilot could not be traced by police officers who responded to the incident.

Girl chased by drone at night on her way home

“Undesirable and childish”

The Central Drenthe Police writes on Facebook:

“On Sunday 20-12-2020, around 01.30 am, we received a report that a drone in the Midden-Drenthe municipality was chasing a girl. Then he hung over the girl’s house. The girl experienced this as very anxious and had a major impact on her sense of security. Besides the fact that this is very undesirable and childish behavior, it also violates the rules that apply when flying a drone.”

Due to the girl’s privacy, the police will not say in which town the drone incident took place. The pilot who chased the girl with a drone could not be traced.

“When the colleagues arrived on the scene, the drone was soon out of the air and they could no longer trace where it had come from,” a police spokesperson told RTV Drenthe.

Not allowed to chase anybody with a drone at night

In the Netherlands (as well as in the United States), it is not allowed to fly a drone at night (without a waiver). Furthermore, there is a ban on flying above continuous buildings, although the latter will no longer apply after the introduction of the European regulations for drones on 31 December 2020. However, drone pilots must always take the privacy and safety of people on the ground into account.

We do not have information on the make and model of the drone in question. The DJI drone in the photo is for illustration purposes only.

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This article first appeared on Dronewatch.nl and is written by Wiebe de Jager who is also a DroneXL contributor.

Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager (@wdejager) is the founder of Dronewatch and author of several bestselling books about drone photography. Wiebe is a certified drone pilot and has a full ROC license.

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