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Private investigators are turning to the latest in technology — drones — to catch adulterers, insurance and workplace liars and even would-be child abusers.

“People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones, but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a private investigator for 23 years and the president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, Long Island, the New York Post reported.

Ms. Triggs told the New York Post that she recently used a drone to out a man who was accused of committing insurance fraud.

“He was supposedly fully disabled,” she said, the New York Post reported. “We knew he was active, but couldn’t prove it because of the layout of the property. I couldn’t risk being shot.”

So Ms. Triggs sent in the drone to snap photographs of him chopping wood.

The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet allowed drones to be legally flown for commercial use. But a federal judge dismissed a $10,000 fine against a person who flew a drone for business reasons just a couple months ago. Now, a lot of businesses are taking advantage and flying drones for commercial reasons anyway.

“A lot of PIs bought drones [after that ruling],” Ms. Triggs told the New York Post. “But before you use a drone, you’re calling everyone you know just to be sure.”

One of the most common uses of drones by private investigators: To catch spouses in the throes of infidelity.

One PI, Matthew Seifer, said he recently pretended to test-fly a drone in Central Park, while actually recording a husband who was in a passionate embrace with a woman who was not his wife.

“We had to get in and get out real quick,” Mr. Seifer said in the New York Post report. “We deployed a drone for eight minutes and got five minutes’ worth of box video. That was the closure our client was looking for.”



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07/27/2014 4:34pm

We as a UK company think it's a very exciting time at the moment with the introduction of drones into the Private Investigation industry, especially over her in the Uk.

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07/27/2014 4:41pm

We also think they are a great piece of equipment and we are just waiting to see if the insurance companies will accept footage gained in this manner. I do not think they will actually sanction it, but we will see. Great for matrimonial stuff though!

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08/12/2014 9:45am

That’s a great and very helpful invention for all the detectives and also the local police. Gadgets like this have made this industry work smoothly and provide more authentic proofs for the client’s case.

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04/25/2016 4:10pm

Positive use of latest technology is a very great point for human beings, instead of you are used them in a negative activity or just for fun. Like this drone camera, after used them in to a search and rescue operation you can save many lives.

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01/10/2017 10:59am

Private life is gone. This drones can fly everywhere!

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06/15/2017 6:47pm

thank you

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06/15/2017 6:47pm

thank you great info

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06/16/2017 12:26pm

Oh! Drone is very helpful in my opinion. I wish the price will be more adaptable, cuz I also want one :D

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