Cllr Claims Drone May Have Been Used To Aid Theft Of Heating Oil In North Kerry

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A KERRY county councillor fears that drones are being used for criminal activity in the county, after an incident of theft before Christmas.

Fine Gael Cllr Mike Kennelly of the Listowel Municipal District was speaking at the Joint Policing Committee meeting in Tralee on Friday.

He said a lady had received a delivery of €500 worth of home heating oil and just three days later she discovered the tank was empty. Her next door neighbour said he had seen a drone hovering over her garden on the day after the delivery.

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Cllr Kennelly suspects that drones could tracking the delivery trucks, gathering intel and then targeting homes afterwards. He called for all drones to be registered after being purchased.

Under current legislation, only drones weighing over 1kg are required to be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority. Drones under that weight do not require registration.

In response, Superintendent Dan Keane of Tralee Garda District, said there were good and bad elements to drones, but that it was up to the legislators to look at the drone issue. He said they could speak to the oil companies and give them crime prevention advice to create more awareness.

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