"My Drone Crashed in Your Backyard"

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"My Drone Crashed in Your Backyard"

Postby allisji » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:14 am

I had a new one last night at around 8:30. This topic obviously comes up frequently about answering the door unarmed.

I was home alone last night and expecting my wife and kids home any minute. I was already getting ready for bed and had disarmed. I was in the kitchen much nearer the front door than the back bedroom where I left my pistol, and then the doorbell rang.

I thought maybe my wife had decided to come in the front door rather than the garage for some reason... sometimes the GFCI trips in the garage or the garage door opener battery gets low. So I answered the door and it was a gentleman that I didn't recognize. "Sorry to bother you." He said, "I'm you neighbor at the end of the block down there, and I just got a new drone and it crash-landed in your back yard" as he showed me the remote control. I don't know most of my neighbors unfortunately. I thought briefly that something could be up. But I didn't see any suspicious vehicles around and he looked like an honest guy...

I wasn't going to let him in my house however, so I went out to the front yard. Without my phone, keys, gun, or even my shoes. Left the front door unlocked and walked him to my back yard.

At this point he could have had cronies who rushed into my house and ransacked the place. I was totally exposed.

He operated the remote and we saw a green and red light flashing way up in the trees behind my back fence in an open area off of my property. So I kindly told him how he could get back there to the trees where his drone was stuck and wished him good luck and away he went.

Nothing happened and I'm not sure if he recovered his drone. But I realized how simple it would have been to have asked him to allow me to grab my shoes and keys, and then I could have strapped on my gun and locked the door on the way out.
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Re: "My Drone Crashed in Your Backyard"

Postby Jusme » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:25 am

allisji wrote:I had a new one last night at around 8:30. This topic obviously comes up frequently about answering the door unarmed.

I was home along last night and expecting my wife and kids home any minute. I was already getting ready for bed and had disarmed. I was in the kitchen much nearer the front door than the back bedroom where I left my pistol, and then the doorbell rang.

I thought maybe my wife had decided to come in the front door rather than the garage for some reason... sometimes the GFCI trips in the garage of the garage door opener battery gets low. So I answered the door and it was a gentleman that I didn't recognize. "Sorry to bother you." He said, "I'm you neighbor at the end of the block down there, and I just got a new drone and it crash-landed in your back yard" as he showed me the remote control. I don't know most of my neighbors unfortunately. I thought briefly that someone could be up. But I didn't see any suspicious vehicles around and he looked like an honest guy...

I wasn't going to let him in my house however, so I went out to the front yard. Without my phone, keys, gun, or even my shoes. Left the front door unlocked and walked him to my back yard.

At this point he could have had cronies who rushed into my house and ransacked the place. I was totally exposed.

He operated the remote and we saw a green and red light flashing way up in the trees behind my back fence in an open area off of my property. So I kindly told him how he could get back there to the trees where his drone was stuck and wished him good luck and away he went.

Nothing happened and I'm not sure if he recovered his drone. But I realized how simple it would have been to have asked him to allow me to grab my shoes and keys, and then I could have strapped on my gun and locked the door on the way out.




Hindsight is always 20/20, just glad he was not a nefarious character, but that is exactly how crooks operate. I keep my gun on me until I shower, and then its within reach. or I go to bed, again, within reach. It's surprising to me how vulnerable I feel just getting up at night to use the restroom. :biggrinjester:

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Postby Soccerdad1995 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:32 am

You mention you have kids at home, so that limits your options somewhat (can't just leave a shotgun within reach by the front door, etc), but it looks like you took note of where you went wrong.

Personally, I don't care much for people who fly drones over my property, especially if they are equipped with cameras. I might have simply told him to get off my property.
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Postby RPBrown » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:16 pm

I would have at least asked him why he was flying a drone over my yard
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Postby Bitter Clinger » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:22 pm

Where I come from, people are no more happy with drones flying over their property than you are, but they have something you don't have:

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Postby allisji » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:25 pm

RPBrown wrote:I would have at least asked him why he was flying a drone over my yard


Yeah, he explained that he lost control in the wind. He was pretty apologetic about the whole thing.
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Postby flechero » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:59 pm

Been there, done that! My dad bought my 7 year old a little (inexpensive) drone. Note: the cheaper the drone, the harder to fly with control!! I've had to retrieve his from a neighbor's yard a few times. :lol: He wasn't spying on anyone... in about 5 seconds the gust of wind carried it about 100 yds! Even after he cut the power to bring it down fast, it carried pretty darn far.

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Postby Skiprr » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:01 pm

Considering how inexpensive small drones have become, and how many retailers--from Wal-Mart to Brookstone--are advertising them this Christmas, "My kid's drone is in your yard" may become a very common refrain for the next month or two.

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Postby anygunanywhere » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:05 pm

If it is in my yard it is mine.
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Postby FCH » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:56 pm

I try to be a good neighbor. I routinely return the neighbor's kid's balls. I would give them their drone back, too. Are there no moderates left in this world? There is a difference between kids/adults playing around and what we used to call peeping Toms.
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:06 pm

FCH wrote:I try to be a good neighbor. I routinely return the neighbor's kid's balls. I would give them their drone back, too. Are there no moderates left in this world? There is a difference between kids/adults playing around and what we used to call peeping Toms.

Several years ago my wife bought me an inexpensive little electrically powered helicopter. It had no camera and it is basically an inexpensive, easy to use RC aircraft. The desire to control a flying toy is neither new, nor nefarious. Adding a bird's eye view from the toy will make it more enjoyable. Unless or until I engage in some questionable activity, there is no justification for any self righteous assumptions that I must prove my innocence in it's use.

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Postby bblhd672 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:45 pm

You could have asked to see his FAA Drone Registration which he is required to have in his possession while operating the drone.
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Postby ScottDLS » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:51 pm

A circle slash drone sticker like the one Skippr posted would make it a Class B for his drone to come on your property.... :smilelol5:
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Re: "My Drone Crashed in Your Backyard"

Postby WildBill » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:51 pm

I just saw this video pop-up on the internet

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Re: "My Drone Crashed in Your Backyard"

Postby allisji » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:55 pm

WildBill wrote:I just saw this video pop-up on the internet



Maybe he was just delivering Christmas gifts!

I guess in the video the drone delivers the gift to the landing pad wherever the homeowner places the pad. I thought it was funny that the drone delivered the package about 200 feet away from the man's house out in an open field.
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