South Africa’s largest private security provider has begun a pilot program in the suburbs of Johannesburg to use drones to prevent burglaries and locate criminals faster.

The Fidelity Services Group’s private security drone trial will last for two months. For this, drone operations company UDS Group is being roped in as a partner. Right now, the pilot has been launched in the residential estates of the greater Fourways area. But it will extend to other suburbs and shopping centers soon.

It’s worth noting that 60,000-employee strong Fidelity Services Group has been successfully using drones to secure industrial complexes and infrastructure such as pipelines and cables. But an on-demand private security drone service is still a novelty in the country. And with it, the company aims to increase proactive crime prevention and facilitate a more rapid response to live crime.

How private security drone service works

The service consists of a mobile command center with a…