BUZZ OFF: Just two days after a low-flying drone circled the home of a Lockyer Valley woman before disappearing, a drone has appeared again, this time targeting a different family on the same street. Picture: File
BUZZ OFF: Just two days after a low-flying drone circled the home of a Lockyer Valley woman before disappearing, a drone has appeared again, this time targeting a different family on the same street. Picture: File

Unable to bathe in peace: Drone wreaks havoc on privacy

"IT'S my privacy - if I want to sit in the bath, I don't want to be watched by some idiot."

That's only one of the reasons a Regency Downs man wants whoever is flying drones on his property to stop.

His call to cease flying comes just two days after a low-flying drone circled the home of a nearby neighbour on the same street.

But on Monday afternoon, Tom (who wanted his surname withheld) heard a sound he has come to recognise and dread.

Though he couldn't spot it, he could hear the sound of a drone - a sound he remembered from the weekend.

Altogether, Tom and his family have seen the drone - or heard it buzzing nearby - four times in two weeks, including the night his neighbours discovered a drone on their property.

On Saturday night, Tom and his wife had heard a humming noise and went to investigate.

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"My wife could see a drone with a blinking light and a camera," he said.

"The moment I saw it, it flew slowly off our property."

During that time, he has also seen strangers on his property, who he said fled once they realised they had been spotted.

"Last week I was just about to go to bed around 9pm and my dog was going off so I looked through the shutters," he said.

"There was a young guy standing halfway up my driveway - when I turned a light on and came out, he was gone."

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The situation has him concerned as he wonders what is coming next.

"From what I've gathered, they check out the property, then come onto it at certain times and things get stolen," he said.

"Last year my neighbour had three or four motorbikes stolen."

A QPS spokesman told the Gatton Star drone-related offences were not handled by police but by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

CASA states drones must not be flown higher than 120m above ground level, drones must be kept at least 30m from other people, and those who fly drones must respect other's privacy and not photograph or record anyone without their consent.

A CASA spokeswoman confirmed the rules did not stipulate whether it was legal to fly a drone on someone else's private property.


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