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Wilmington Police are using drones to investigate crimes

Some Delaware residents have mixed feelings about it.

Turns out drones are now crime scene investigation tools. (Photo by Brady Dale)

Earlier this month, nearly 20 pieces of construction equipment that were stolen from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey were recovered in Cecil County, Maryland. While this seems like a common robbery case, it received a lot of attention due to the method used to recover the stolen goods — drones. (Our sister site Technically Baltimore covered it here.)
Although many police departments, including the Wilmington Police Department, have begun using drones as a way to investigate crimes by taking aerial photos and video, some residents are still concerned that the drones violate their right to privacy, according to an article published in the News Journal on Sunday.
“[Master Sgt. Adam] Ringle said people get concerned when they hear that police will be using drones; it happened when Wilmington first announced it would deploy them, but he said using them properly diminishes those worries,” the News Journal reported.
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