A FLYING ISSUE: If A Drone Is Flying On My Property Can I Legally Destroy It

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If a drone is flying on my property and I have already notified that I do not want it to be flying on it, can I destroy it without legal repercussion?

I once faced a similar situation where a drone frequently flew over my backyard. Initially, it was quite frustrating, and my first instinct was to take matters into my own hands – maybe knock it down with something. But then, I decided to do a bit of research and talk to a friend who’s a lawyer.How Can I Prevent Drones Flying Over My House?

Here’s what I learned and what I did:

  • Understanding My Airspace Rights: I found out that while I do own the airspace above my house to a certain extent, it doesn’t give me the right to destroy a drone. It’s kind of like how you can’t just throw rocks at airplanes that fly over your house.
  • Avoiding Federal Trouble: My lawyer friend informed me that in many places, drones are protected under aviation laws. Damaging them could have landed me in a lot of legal hot water.
  • Documenting the Intrusion: Each time the drone flew over, I started keeping a record. I took videos and noted down times. This was my friend’s advice – documentation is key in these cases.
  • Seeking Legal Avenues: Instead of going the destruction route, I contacted local law enforcement. I explained the situation and showed them my evidence. They were quite understanding and took it seriously.
  • Direct Communication: I also managed to find out who the drone operator was (a neighbor from a few houses down). I had a polite but firm conversation with them about privacy and my discomfort with the drone.
  • Exploring Non-Destructive Solutions: I looked into anti-drone technology, like signal jammers, but learned they were illegal in my area. So, that was a no-go.

In the end, the combined approach of legal action and direct communication worked out. The drone flights stopped, and I didn’t have to resort to any drastic measures. It was a learning curve for sure, understanding the balance between protecting my privacy and staying within legal boundaries.

So, from my experience, I’d say it’s best to handle these situations calmly and legally. Destruction might seem like a quick fix, but it can open up a whole other can of worms.