Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Drone-related Crimes: On the Increase

British police are having to investigate a fourfold increase in the number of crime reports that involved shop-bought drones – including allegations they are being used by paedophiles over children's playgrounds, peeping toms spying through bedroom windows, burglars scoping out people's properties, and even cash point scammers recording PIN numbers.
A drone fitted with a camera. Getty images
An investigation by UK’s The Independent has found that the number of incidents reported to the police involving drones surged by 352 percent in a single year as the public becomes increasingly aware – and suspicious – of the machines.
Reflecting the rapid uptake of the flying robotic devices, which can be fitted with cameras, reports to police surged from 94 in 2014 to 425 in 2015.
The projected figure for 2016 is set to be even higher, with 272 reports recorded up until May this year. The statistics were obtained from Freedom of Information requests, with 21 of the UK's 45 police forces responding.
The numbers also include reports of drones endangering commercial airliners of them causing fights between neighbors, and also of them being used by criminal gangs to transport drugs, often into prisons.
The majority of the reports, 257, were listed as a concern for public safety and under suspicious circumstances, but five cases involved acts of violence, 13 related to burglary, 14 to dangers posed to transport – largely related to air space – and seven made reference to drones in the vicinity of young children.


Scott Sinclair’s £3.5 million move from Aston Villa to Celtic was only finalized on Saturday.
On Sunday, Celtic triumphed over Hearts with a hard-fought 2-1 win in the Scottish Premiership game.
The Scottish champs went in front in the eighth minute when James Forrest swept the ball into the far right hand corner of the Hearts net past Jack Hamilton.
But the latter got their equalizer in the thirty-sixth minute when Jamie Walker dived in the penalty area under a non-challenge from Kieran Tierney. The referee erroneously gave a spot-kick to Hearts. And Walker picked himself up and slotted a calm finish low into the net.
A game of 11 bookings looked to be heading for a draw. Until debutant Scott Sinclair’s surging run to get on the end of Leigh Griffiths' to slot home an eighty-first minute winner ensured Celtic made a winning start to their title defense.
A day earlier, I attended District 51’s Appreciation Dinner hosted by Immediate Past District Director, Sue Ding @ In Colonial Restaurant, Intermark Mall in KL’s Jalan Tun Razak.
It was really nice of her to present the 'Past Area Director' pin to all of the Area Directors. It means we can wear it with pride!
Photo shows Benny Chia, Immediate Past Division P Director and his Area Directors. Missing: Area P1 Director Ismail Omar.

Photo shows five Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters at the event. Missing was the sixth member Andrew Tan. 
Interesting fact: The 2015-2016 term saw 6 Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters in leadership roles beyond club-level.

My favorite. Lychees with Wolfberries “Tang Shui”. One of two desserts served at the Chinese dinner.

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