The RealSpring Neighbourhood Association (RNA) in Valsayn has started implementing the use of newer technology in hopes of lowering the crime rate in their areas. With the use of drones equipped with lights and cameras, the neighborhood hopes that this may in fact be the eye in the sky that can help nip the crime infestation in the bud. They have in their arsenal an advanced drone that is capable of taking high quality shots from the air. They hope that this drone would act as a watchful guardian and deter would-be criminals from committing crimes – with the threat of being recorded and identified by the drone’s cameras.
The drone is capable of taking 20 high quality photos, recording surveillance footage at 4k resolution, night vision features, and tracking capabilities that reach up to 4 kilometers. This can create opportunities to get license plate numbers of the criminals, keep watch of their path to provide information with the local law enforcements, record the date and time of the incident as well as give a bird’s eye view of the situation, or simply act as a warning before any crime can take place.
The drone’s speed is boasted to be able to be within a distress call’s vicinity within 10 minutes after the signal has been broadcasted. This creates a new asset for crime watch and prevention, as it brings the modern age to security measures.
The owner of the drone, Aaron Gilbert, is a street captain of the RNA and has assured the public that his drone has been registered with the T&T Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) and is bound by the country’s rules and regulations for drone usage.
Along with the drone’s monitoring, the RNA’s local chapter on the target areas also share communication through group chat, including fellow officials as well as the residents themselves. Through this direct and constant communication, along with an eye in the sky that can be deployed quickly, they hope to create a deterrent for crime in their neighborhoods.
When asked about the drone and its role in community security, Gilbert had this to say: “Yes RNA, there is an angel looking out for you.” He has offered the drone’s use in the community free of charge, and the RNA has been applauded as one of the pioneers in advanced monitoring and security measures for a neighborhood watch.