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Crimes involving drones (5740/19)


For the period 1st Jan 2014 – 28th Feb 2019:

1. The number of crimes, for each calendar year, that relate to drones using a keyword search of the MO notes field for the word ‘drone’ (excluding thefts of drones)

2. Of those recorded crimes at Q1, for each calendar year, the number that involved a possible threat to aircraft safety with a keyword search of the MO notes field using the following terms:

Drone, UAV, unmanned aerial vehicle, unmanned aircraft, airfield, airport, airspace, air traffic, plane, helicopter.

3. The number of those offences at Q2 that resulted in an outcome of Charge


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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