Security Alert: Drones Boost Border Crimes
Keeping a close eye on the borders is becoming increasingly challenging with the advent of Drone Technology, as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stressed in a recent address to congressional staffers.
Highlighting the incident in Pittsburgh earlier this month where an errant drone led to a 30-minute grounding of all flights, he revealed that it was only one in a worrying 2,300 drone-related incidents disrupting flight schedules in the past two years.
Mayorkas shared his concerns about the use of drones by criminals, particularly along the U.S.-Mexican border.
“While drones present such a remarkable potential in terms of the innovation and their productive use, in the wrong hands, they also present a real threat”, he warned. He explained the threat is most notable “on the border, where criminal organizations are seeking to use drones to carry drugs across the border, where they’re using it as a force multiplier in their ability to understand where…