How Private Investigators are using Drones to conduct business……
- Google earth is a valuable tool for the private investigator. The problem with using Google earth is you have no idea when the image was taken. You can’t prove in court that the image(s) were never altered. Drones allow the private investigator real-time imagery they could become a business record which they can validate in court. That being said, aerial drone imagery can be used with Google Earth to demonstrate how the topology changed over time.
- Law enforcement and private investigators often do accident reconstruction. Drones would allow the investigator the ability to view everything precisely as it came to rest in as close to real time as possible. Drones can also be used to document construction sites, sinkholes or disaster areas.
- Private investigators and recovery agents can now use aerial drones to locate a property that may be hidden in an individuals backyard the same way law enforcement uses helicopters to search for marijuana grow fields.
- Drones also make a tremendous pre-surveillance tool. Often in rural areas, man-made roads don’t appear on maps. The drone can help determine the routes available to your subject. They are also a safer alternative for the investigator, to the extent he can fly over the individuals home to determine what if any vehicles are present and their make and model. The view is not as good as Google street view, and it will prevent you from being shot for accidentally
- Drones offer a cheaper alternative to hiring a pilot or chartering a plane. When it comes to litigation support drones, have the potential to lower litigation cost. Now that a judge has made the use of drones legal for commercial use, attorney’s can now admit their imagery and footage into evidence.