South Wales Police have been testing out their latest generation of unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones by flying them around the Penarth Marina/Barrage area.
South Wales Police didn’t bother with any politically-correct EU products but instead plumped for a top-of-the-range USA-designed Typhoon model produced by Yuneec Americas Corporation in California .
The hefty six-rotor machine weighs-in at over 23 lbs. and is transported to locations in a dedicated police 4X4 SUV . The drone carries a live high-definition camera on a remote-controlled gimballed mount and also has an on-board transmitter to beam the live pictures back to the ground from over a mile away.
The machine can stay aloft for up to 25 minutes at a time between battery changes.
However the skies over Cardiff Bay and the Barrage are already getting a might crowded. Local residents say burglars are now using their own drones to peer through the upstairs windows of local homes before deciding which one(s) to break into.
In the last few days there has been a spate of incidents in the Penarth Marina residential area in which houses have been burgled and cars stolen.