Drones snooping into homes
Wayne County, N.Y. – The concern over drones and how they are being used is growing in some communities. People in Walworth, Gananda and Macedon said the drones are being used to snoop inside homes, in back yards and even around pools.
Carol Adamowicz of Gananda said, “He [Adamowicz’s son] had a bunch of friends over and they were just back here as they always are, you know in the pool swimming, and then all of a sudden this thing was hovering over them. By the time they got out and to the front to see what was going on it was gone.”
Adamowicz said they later learned it was a drone.
She told 13WHAM the worst part is the possibility they’re being watched or recorded by the remote user.
Walworth Town Supervisor Patricia Marini said, “As far as we know, they're capable of doing video or taking camera shots and we don't know what's going on in the residences and whether or not that's an invasion of their privacy.”
Neighbors around Adamowicz have also spotted the flying object. The drones are snooping around after dark, so many just see a flashing red and green light overhead, accompanied by a loud buzzing sound.
Marini said two complaints have been filed in Walworth, but that number may be higher in neighboring towns in the county.
“Some towns have adopted regulations,” said Marini. “I have our Town Attorney looking at that as a possibility. Maybe we will adopt an ordinance that makes it illegal to do this.”
Drones are a newer technology so there are few laws and regulations in place, and the FAA has jurisdiction over the airspace. State lawmakers are reviewing policies for drones. Updated: Sunday, September 14 2014, 11:00 AM EDT