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Old 05-17-2017, 02:05 AM
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Default UK prison moves to stop drone deliveries of contraband

London - A British prison will install anti-drone technology to stop contraband being smuggled through the skies, the jail's governor says.

The Channel Island of Guernsey is installing an "invisible dome" above its prison to stop cellphones, drugs and weapons being smuggled in, governor David Matthews said.


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This is becoming an increasingly problematic issue. As drones come down in price, as their payload increases, as the distance of operation increases, the more they are going to be used to smuggle in everything, including mail that hasn't gone through censor, drugs, guns, cellphones, etc. Since drones are not tagged with serial numbers attached to purchasers, finding the drone pilot and charging him/her becomes more and more impossible (as range increases).

Personally, I'm surprised that they haven't put together countermeasures simply because of cellphones. Add drones into the mix - it's becoming very important to control the influx of stuff and eventually outflow of stuff.

The first such case I heard about was maybe 5 years ago in the US. The guys piloting the drone were caught because the range was so small that they had to park their pick-up near enough that they were caught on camera or by a guard tower or something. The payload was a 6 pack of beer and a few nudey magazines, if I remember correctly. Since then, it's picked up steam. But, effective countermeasures are expensive. In the US, it's probably going to take a prison riot or the death of a guard or something to make this viable, seeing as they have done nothing about cell phones for the most part.

Guess inmates are going to have to go back to the tried and true methods of smuggling in and out goods and communications.
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This is a problem in the Uk drones being used to drop contraband over prison walls. The BBC recently showed CCTV footage of drugs cell phones and weaponsbeing delivered to cell windows at a London prison.
They are going to need to fight technology with technology.
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