There have been reports of drones flying over the prisons before, but recently they have become dangerous as they are being used as a mule to deliver illegal things inside for the prisons. According to some prison officials, there have been many incidents of prison fights over who could get their hands on the droppings from these drones. Prisons have high walls and high security in place that would make it impossible for any illegal drugs to enter its premises. But, drones that can fly several feet high and some even more than that can easily get past the security and high walls and deliver illegal things inside the compound and that too without being detected. When drones first came into existence, they were just like a toy, but they are being used to carry out many illegal activities that were unimaginable before.
The drones are flown over the prison compounds and then come down to drop the packages that can contain anything from drugs, cell phones, cigarettes and even razor blades. Prison authorities have also found it impossible to detect someone flying the drones outside of their premises since today drones come with much wider range. It means that one does not have to be close to the prison to be able to fly the drones over the prison. One can be as far as 20 miles and still use drones making it impossible to catch the one flying it. Prison authorities are worried that if their usage is not stopped, it might see many dangerous situations arising in the future such as what if the drones start to drop guns inside the prison premises without being detected. Thus, technology companies like Securus Technologies are working towards creating a system that would allow the prisons to not only detect the drones but also intercept and disable them as soon as they come in contact with their system.
Drones are becoming more sophisticated with time, and it has become essential that the prisons update their outdated systems if they want to keep a check on the drones. Even though there are rules in place that prevent people from flying drones in restricted areas but that hasn’t stopped criminals from using them. There is a need for a stricter system in place to restrict the use of drones for smuggling things inside the prisons. Since the prison officials are not able to find any suspects after searching their perimeters, drones are costing them more manpower which has to stop immediately. Thus, Securus Technologies have been working with many prisons in the country to install the drone detection systems in prisons. The company is expected to cover almost half of the prisons in the country within a few months.