LAPD To Crack Down On Use Of Unmanned Drones By Real Estate Agents

dronerIn a nightmarish scenario from the future, technology ostensibly created to spy on our “enemies” is now being turned against us by the most nefarious of forces — real estate brokers. The Los Angeles Times reveals:

The Los Angeles Police Department is warning real estate agents not to use images of properties taken from unmanned aircraft, saying the flying drones pose a potential safety hazard and could violate federal aviation policy.

The warning was issued this week after officers saw a television news report showing a basketball-sized object with multiple rotors hovering over an expansive Westside residence.

Real estate agents have been posting aerial photos and video of homes for sale in the Los Angeles area, according to the LAPD. The pictures have been taken from several hundred feet off the ground in the city’s crowded airspace — an altitude at which police helicopters often fly.

13 Comments on "LAPD To Crack Down On Use Of Unmanned Drones By Real Estate Agents"

  1. Might be a violation?  Gee, you could check the regs to find out.  Those drones are incredibly easy to fly.   My knowledge of AP (aerial photography) is that as long as you are not doing the photos as a business there is no law against it.  It’s when you start up an AP company using RC aircraft that you are in a grey area, AMA will not insure you and FAA says you have to have insurance.  Which you could purchase through Loyds of London of other type insurance company.  So, is it illegal? No it’s not. At least not to my knowledge it’s not.   If the pictures you take are paparazzi in nature then there are laws on the books for that.   They will make a new law for this soon, just what we need, more laws to break.   

  2. AMA and FAA guidelines specify a 400 ft. ceiling if you are within 3 miles of an airport. If the police choppers are flying lower than that they are in violation of public safety as far as I’m concerned.   Cops. Buncha assholes.    Stay higher up and stop bothering people.

  3. Redacted | Feb 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    Stop using those weapons for peaceful purposes!

  4. Real Estate Agents are ‘cutting into’ the LAPD’s ‘action’.  They want the airspace all to themselves to spy on us.  

  5. This is a civil issue and the cops should stay out of it. If a realtor was flying their crap on my property, I’d simply take an air rifle or use some .22 shorts and take it down.

    •  And then you would be liable and have broken at least one law. And it’s on camera.  LA county. You can’t fart without a tax or penalty.  Target shooting is banned, regardless. Discharging a firearm within 150 yds of a home is a crime. Pellet gun is included in that law.  You would be liable for property damage. And that could get expensive.

      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t support the draconian laws, I just happen to have researched them.

      Have a nice day…………smile you’re on camera.

  6. Nunzio X | Feb 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

    The drones have come home to roost, eh?

    • Fuckyourself | Feb 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm |

      Shut the hell up you snarky fucktard… What kind stupid shit name is nunzio anyway.. drown in piss hipster trash.

      • ThatGuyOverThere | Feb 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

        You may want to discontinue your steroid use, you seem to be flying into pointless rages.

      • Go make some friends, it might help with your anger issues.

  7. it’s like 70s scifi when corporations use advance technology to act like nation states

  8. Real estate agents in LA using drones? How about paparazzi in LA with drones? Extra creepy.

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