Drones are very cool pieces of technology; maybe you own a drone, too.
In recent years, remote-controlled quadcopters have seen a surge in popularity, and many people now call themselves proud owners of their very own drone. Why wouldn’t you want to have a drone so that you can travel the world and take pictures of some of its most breathtaking locations?
Unfortunately, there are also people who use drones for other things, like annoying you while you’re relaxing in your garden.
Not only can drones be used to take pictures of breathtaking scenery, but they can also be used to invade people’s privacy.
Perhaps you have experienced a situation where a drone flew over your property, enraging you, but you were unsure of what to do.
Talking to the person operating the drone and politely requesting that he stop flying it over your property is the most effective way to disable a drone that is flying over your property. Make a report to the authorities if you believe that the pilot of the drone is breaking the law.
In the event that an annoying drone is hovering over your property in the future, I have compiled a few methods that can be used to disable a drone in this kind of situation.
Is it legal to fly a drone over private property?
Generally, as long as you do not fly higher than 400 feet, it is legal to fly a drone over private property. Check your local laws because, in some places, it is illegal or there are specific regulations to follow when flying a drone over private property.
The 2 best (legal) ways to disable the drone over your property:
There are a lot of different ways to stop a drone from flying on your property. The issue is that you do not have the legal right to cause damage to the other person’s drone.
The following are the two most effective and legal ways to stop the drone.
1. Talk to the drone’s pilot
If you are able to determine who is controlling this drone, the simplest way to prevent it from flying over your property is to ask the owner to please stop doing it.
It is necessary for you to be able to locate the person operating the drone. This can be difficult to accomplish if the drone pilot is hiding in his garden shed or is several hundred meters away from the drone itself.
When you’ve tracked down the pilot of the drone, approach him and politely request that he refrain from flying it over your property in the future because you’re uncomfortable with the intrusion it’s causing into your personal space.
Because he is not breaking any laws or regulations, he is not obligated to comply with your request. As a result, you do not have any guarantee that he will actually stop.
How to locate the drone operator?
Simply following the drone is the most effective method for determining who is operating it. Even the most sophisticated drones have a finite amount of flight time, and when the battery dies, you have the opportunity to follow it and find the pilot.
2. Report to the police
You can report a drone pilot to the police if they are operating their drone in violation of any laws and regulations. But the pilot may not be in violation of any laws.
Owners of drones are obligated to register their aircraft with the FAA. If the owner of the drone has registered it, you should make an effort to find out the identification number that is required to be displayed on the drone. You can then provide this information to the authorities so that they can locate the pilot.
In the event that there is no identification number available, the only option is to wait until the drone’s battery runs out and then follow it to find the pilot.
Here are 7 other methods to disable a drone:
A word of caution: the vast majority of these practices are illegal, and I do not advise you to put them into practice in any way.
1. Shoot the drone
I’m aware that you’ve probably thought of that already. Why complicate matters when you can simply take that annoying aircraft down with your shotgun or sniper rifle?
Although it is the quickest and easiest way to get rid of the drone, doing so could end up causing you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Can you shoot down a drone on your property?
You are absolutely not permitted to shoot at a drone that is flying on your property. Even in the event that a drone pilot violates laws or regulations or invades your privacy, you do not have the legal right to shoot at the drone. The Federal Aviation Administration considers every type of drone to be an aircraft. It’s against the law to fire at an aircraft. Additionally, there are strict regulations concerning the use of firearms in populated areas.
2. Throw something at the drone
You can also disable a drone by throwing a rock or, if you’re really good, your garden chair at it. This will destroy the drone and it will fall to the ground. Legally, we have similar problems here as with shooting at the drone.
Can I destroy a drone that is flying on my property?
Even if the drone is driving you crazy, you do not have the legal right to damage someone else’s property in any way. According to the FAA, a drone, in the end, is considered an aircraft. If you throw something at the drone, you are going to get in trouble with the law. You should, at the very least, expect to have to pay for the broken drone. Additionally, there is a chance (and a very good chance) that the rock or whatever else you threw will miss the drone, but it is still possible that it will damage another object or even injure a person.
3. Use a net launcher
Create a weapon that can fire a net at the drone in order to capture it, and use that weapon. The effectiveness of this strategy is demonstrated in this video:
It could become more challenging if the drone were to fly at a slightly higher altitude.
4. Use your drone
If you have a drone, you can use it to take out the “enemy” drone. For instance, you could attach a net to the underside of your drone, fly it over an aircraft that is causing annoyance, and then catch the aircraft with the net. This is an absolutely surefire method for disabling an obnoxious drone. If you are successful in catching it with the net, there is even a high possibility that you will be able to bring it down without causing any damage.
You could also attach a net launcher (as shown above) to your drone and use it to take the “enemy” drone out of the sky.
As demonstrated in this video, combine your drone and the net launcher.
You could, if you are really serious, attach a machine gun to your drone to “remove” the aircraft from your property.
5. Use Anti-Drone Jammer
It is possible to use a jamming signal to disrupt the communication between the drone pilot and the drone.
Can you jam a drone signal?
In order for any drone to function properly, it must maintain a stable connection with the remote control. The answer is yes; it is possible to use a drone jammer to cause interference with the signal that is sent between the remote control and the drone. This could result in the drone returning to its pilot automatically, as is the case with all DJI drones, for instance. On the other hand, if the drone doesn’t have any safety features like a return-to-home function, it could end up crashing.
It is not a good idea to use it in order to get rid of a drone that is on your property. There are countless ways the law is being violated here. Additionally, in the event that the drone does crash, it has the potential to cause damage to other property as well as harm to a person.
The pilot of the drone will look through the camera to determine his course of flight. You can use a laser pointer to make the pilot lose sight of the direction in which he is flying, causing him to crash.
7. Put up signs
If you don’t want your neighbors to fly their drones on your property, you might want to think about putting up anti-drone signs. These signs could be placed anywhere on your property. You should position large signs in such a way that they are easily readable from above.
You could get lucky, and the person piloting the drone could decide to change course. If not, you can still grab your shotgun….
It is very frustrating when a drone flies over your property because it disturbs your privacy. You have the overwhelming desire to take down the aircraft. But, you need to keep your cool and avoid making any choices that might get you in trouble with the law.
Try the two legal methods I mentioned first. Good luck!