Uses Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) In Crime Scene Investigations

by Chirath De Alwis and Chamalka De Silva

Recent advancements in technology have helped many people to have a better quality of life. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as ‘drones’, are one such technological advancement that can help society to simplify day-to-day activities. These drones are now widely used in many industries such as agriculture, photography, transportation. But this same technology can also be used to conduct unethical activities.

Capturing privacy related content, illegal interception of other drones, and military use of drones in bombings are some common scenarios of unethical activities that can be done using drones. Investigating each scenario requires different approaches, as the availability of evidence can vary. Therefore, digital forensics investigators need to be able to examine drones in crime scene investigations. This article focuses on the technology behind drones and how drones can be useful in crime scene investigations. This helps investigators to simplify their digital forensics investigations when looking at drones.

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