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Drones being used to target sites by criminals

Criminals always find new ways to target and scope out commercial premises, construction sites, farms and other businesses. In this article, we focus on how drone technology is used by criminals to target businesses.

A recent article in The Times, highlighted how thieves are now using drones to target farms before stealing vehicles, equipment, and machinery.

Additionally, there are further concerns about the rising theft of tractor GPS systems. These systems are easily transportable and are valuable items on the black market.

As mentioned at the start of this article, there are a range of businesses criminals can scope out by using drones. In our experience these would be:

  • Construction sites
  • Solar Farms
  • Schools
  • Farms
  • Warehouses & distribution centres

Let’s take a quick look at each.

Before we do, if you are in charge of security for any of the above types business, you will likely have vast perimeters to protect. Here are a few links to our perimeter security services:

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Perimeter protection and detection

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Construction site CCTV

Construction sites

Construction sites are often the target of criminals due to the rich pickings on offer. Plant machinery, GPS trackers, tools and other equipment are valuable items on the black market.

Related reading: Construction site security guide 

Criminals can and will use drones to:

  • See where machinery is kept overnight – having this intel will help a criminal or gang of crooks plan how and when they will strike
  • Spot potential access points – people wandering around a perimeter may look suspicious or picked up by CCTV. Drones can help the criminal to navigate around the perimeter looking for potential points of access
  • Check to see when security guards are patrolling – if you know this, you may spot a window or opportunity
  • Avoid their car number plates being picked up by ANPR or standard CCTV cameras – traditionally, when scoping out a premises, criminals may take a drive around a site’s perimeter.

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Solar Farm CCTV Monitoring

Solar Farms

Utility scale solar farms are often targeted by criminals for the copper wiring and panels themselves. Cooper is a valuable commodity, as are solar panels on the black market. Owners and operators need to secure these sites to avoid being the victims of crime, and to maintain operational continuity.

Related reading: How to deter solar panel theft, protect revenue & secure your site

Criminals can and will use drones to:

  • Understand the layout of the site and the surrounding area  – having this intel will enable a criminal to plan how they will remove the panels, load them into a vehicle and get away.
  • Scope out the level of security in place – how many cameras, and where are they placed?
  • Avoid their car number plates being picked up by ANPR or standard CCTV cameras – traditionally, when scoping out a premises, criminals may take a drive around a site’s perimeter.

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School security camera installation

Schools

There are various security threats a school faces. These include anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and other on-site risks.

Furthermore, schools are at risk of burglary due to the expensive equipment they house, such as computers, tablets, servers and more.

Related reading: The importance of CCTV cameras in schools

Criminals can and will use drones to:

  • Spot potential gaps in the perimeter – easy access to get into the grounds provides and better opportunity to commit crime.
  • Size up the site from the outside – what are the easiest routes in and out?
  • Avoid their car number plates being picked up by ANPR or standard CCTV cameras – traditionally, when scoping out a premises, criminals may take a drive around a site’s perimeter.

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How to improve farm security

Farms

Rural crime is rising and costing the UK economy more and more each year. Farms provide criminals with a range of opportunity.

Tractors, quad bikes, and other machinery can more than help crooks earn a few quid on the black market.

Fly tipping has become rife.

Livestock theft has been on the rise.

Related reading: How to improve farm security, deter criminals & thieves

Criminals can and will use drones to:

  • Scope out the premises – what’s on offer? Where are the tractors and quad bikes kept?
  • Check out any potential access points and exits – where farms are off the beaten track, criminals stealing quad bikes may look to make a get away across fields and through any gaps in the perimeter

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Warehouse security systems

Warehouses and distribution centres

Criminals target warehouses and distribution centres for the goods they store.

Sites housings hundreds of laptops, tablets, TVs and other sought-after items are rich pickings for criminals.

Warehouses and distribution centres often operate sites with a vast perimeter. These perimeters may be protected, however, criminals if they can see over the fence, will be able to get a good understanding of ways out, and where things are situated.

Related reading: How to improve warehouse security

Criminals can and will use drones to:

  • Understand the layout of the site – criminals can spot when deliveries are made, the frequency and more
  • See where and when security guards are patrolling – are there any gaps on the handover, are all areas covered

Find out more about our warehouse security system services today

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