No Fly Zones for Drones

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

drone-300x200Greetings. You’ve probably heard the story about William Meredity, of Kentucky, who shot down a drone that was flying over his backyard, filming his daughter sunbathing. I think I would have done the same, if it had been my daughter. Nevertheless, he was arrested for that and charged with willful destruction of property and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

But that brings up a much bigger issue to consider. Drones, which used to be the province of governments, have become big business. There has been a 167% growth in their sales in the last two years, with the United States accounting for more sales than any other country. So you never know which of your neighbors might have a drone that they’re flying around, spying on you.

You know, it’s bad enough having the government spying on all of us, but when anyone can do it with impunity, that’s pretty bad. Our privacy is being eroded day by day, with all our failings being posted online for all the world to see. Defamation of character is becoming the new sport, with the losers being those who are targeted by the drones or go-pro cameras.

I think I can write the next chapter in this story. Criminals are going to start using drones to spy on their intended targets. Whether it is a rapist who is stalking his next victim or a break-in artist who wants to make sure that nobody is home, drones will soon become part of the criminal’s toolkit.

There are no laws governing the use of drones and guaranteeing us any privacy from them whatsoever; not even one. Both criminals and pests are perfectly within their rights to spy on anyone they want to, and nothing can be done about it.

Of course, passing laws to prohibit the use of drones for criminal purposes would have about as much effect as laws that make it illegal to use drugs. Criminals don’t pay attention to any laws, regardless of what they are. But you can be sure that some well-meaning legislator is going to draft a law and get it passed, which makes this illegal. Voila, problem solved! Yeah, right!

The fact of the matter is that drones are here to stay and we’re eventually going to get to the point of having to find a way of defending ourselves against them. Allowing people to shoot them down might be a possible solution, but it’s a risky one. Whatever goes up, has to come down, and shotgun pellets that don’t hit the drone are going to come down somewhere. That might just end up being somewhere where they cause damage.

Ben Marcus has founded a service where people can register their homes as a >>> Click Here NoFlyZone <<<<.

This information is stored in a database, allowing drone operators the ability to look up properties and check to see if they are open for drone operation, before flying. Unfortunately, like locks, that’s only going to work to keep the honest people honest. It is doubtful that will stop any criminal action.

One possibility might be to use geofencing to create these no fly zones, preventing drones from entering. Of course, that assumes that drone manufacturers build the firmware into their devices to obey the geofence, as well as assuming that the criminals don’t disable the function. Ultimately, the effectiveness of this would probably depend a lot on the individual criminals’ technical capability; but it would at least stop some of them from using it.

From a survival viewpoint, having people around with drones will make it much harder to live in a post-disaster world, without others being able to see how you are surviving. The simple act of flying a drone over the backyard would show your garden, chickens and however you are cooking. That information could then be used to target your home.

I think I’d really want a way of disabling drones in that time. If shooting them down with a shotgun is out, then how about a comic book gun that shoots a net into the air to catch it? That could be fairly argued to be a non-dangerous solution, and maybe even one that wouldn’t damage the drone. Anyone who came to collect it would have to show their face, letting you know who they are.

Coming to collect would have its own problems, as they would instantly lose their anonymity, making it more dangerous to go forward to commit the crime. That might actually work as a deterrent, at least with some criminals using drones. But I’d say the chances of a law being passed, allowing that, are somewhere between zero and none.

Without a viable legal means of protection, we are all potential victims. That’s not a place I like to be. Somebody is going to have to come up with a realistic solution to protect us from these drones, before things get out of hand. Until they do, we’d better keep one eye on the sky above our homes.

See you again soon. Until then, keep your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand.


  1. Doug Cox

    October 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    There’s a video online at Israelvideonet showing a drone being downed by a couple of rock-throwing kids. The drone was monitoring illegal “homesteading”, which is a scenario not very different from one in the article above. Of course, in a post-apocalyptic scenario, much of the infrastructure for individuals’ flying of drones may well go away.

  2. RC

    October 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    We need an Instructables version of the Battelle Drone Defender:

  3. j. reed

    October 28, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    i will like to know how i can get on the no fly zone data to keep them from my home, i
    enjoy my privacy, or contact me by email please.

  4. Drifter

    October 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    How about a crossbow with a ball on the end of the arrow shaft.

  5. mike milton

    October 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    The only way i see it is to use a freq. jammer to stop the drone but if it is used to protect citizens you can bet they would pass a law that would be illegal to have one. the government does not anyone to have any privacy.

  6. wnettles

    October 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Most, if not all, drones use certain radio frequency channels to control the behavior and flight path of the drone. All one has to do is find the correct frequency and have a control console handy to take control of the drone and land it.

    A more primative and cost effective method would be to transmit a radio frequency signal in a tight beam (in the microwave spectrum), modulated with white noise. This would overload the front end of the drone’s receiver and cause it to land (the method of landing depends on the firmware in the drone’s controller).

    A magnetron tube from a discarded microwave oven and a little homegrown electronics ingenuity will yield a nice device for convincing a privacy invading drone to settle down, literally. Wave guide for the device can be made from a short piece of aluminum tubing which can be picked up from the scrap yard or just laying around.

    It has always been my understanding that technically generated problems, such as this latest invasion of privacy, should have technical solutions. Hope my suggestion gives some readers a few ideas of how to begin to solve the problem. Cheers, and, good hunting!


    October 29, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I would like to know how to get on the no fly zone data also like many others wish to.

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