Woman claims her surveillance camera caught a spying drone. Others think it’s spider’s web

Aug 23, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Aug 23, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Drones have been accused of spying more than once so far, and some of those accusations even grew international. In a recent case from Brentwood, Missouri, a woman got quite panicked about a drone spying on her in the middle of the night. She informed the entire neighborhood and the local TV station, saying that her surveillance camera caught the lights of the peeping drone. But to some people, it appears that the “drone lights” are nothing but – a spider web blowing in the wind.

KMOV.com

The woman whose identity remains unknown told KMOV that her newly installed surveillance camera caught the drone hovering in her backyard. She called it “a disgusting invasion of privacy” and took steps against it. She wrote a letter and went door-to-door around the neighborhood, telling her neighbors to be aware of the spying drone. She spoke to a reporter from News 4 and said that she also plans to file a complaint with the FAA. Even the Brentwood police got involved, and they’re currently investigating the case. However, the officers can’t say whether any laws have been broken.

When the story wast published, KMOV tweeted it and reactions from Twitter users started to emerge. Many of them claim that what woman got so panicky about isn’t a drone at all. Most of them point to the fact that drones don’t fly this way and that it must be a reflection.

https://twitter.com/napjeeper/status/1030870618600656896

Users of the MavicPilots.com forum are also pretty sure that this can’t be a drone. A member lisadoc explains that this must be a single thread of a spider web:

“I’ll tell you precisely what it is. It is an IR image of a spider web (a single thread) that is blowing in the wind across the frame of the camera lens. I’ve seen it hundreds of times before and recognized it immediately. It is why it moves at that angle, “hovers” across the camera frame several times, and only appeared at 4 AM. The “lights” are simply drops of condensation (or globules produced by thickening of the spider thread) viewed by the lens at a relatively close distance.”

This user also provided an example so others can see what a spider web looks like on CCTV camera:

YouTube video

Personally, I think that the woman went way overboard in notifying all her neighbors and a TV station about the “spying drone” (but hey, at least she didn’t pull out a gun and try to shoot it). My first thought is always “why would anyone spy on you, with a drone or however else?” And even if they would, I’m pretty sure you’d hear the annoying buzzing of the drone in the middle of the night. I know it would wake me up. And of course, the angle at which “the lights” are positioned sure doesn’t look like a drone hovering.

But that’s just my two cents. What do you guys think? Is it a drone? Is it a spider web? Or is it something else?

[via KMOV]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

One response to “Woman claims her surveillance camera caught a spying drone. Others think it’s spider’s web”

  1. Steve Avatar
    Steve

    Nobody here. I’ve had it happen to me. I could see something ducking down below the roof line and up as I looked back on different occasions, and thought it must have been a giant python we have around here (pretty unusual in itself). Having the aircon on I couldn’t hear anything outside. I thought it couldn’t be a drone. But months latter I found out that Sony starvis sensors were being used on drones.

    More drone tracking and jail time instead of phone tracking is needed. Mandatory drone tracking signalling to law enforcement is needed. Pretty much will sort a lot of things out, as anything not tracked is presumed to be illegal and can be taken down on the spot.