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To secure women safety, police to deploy drones to patrol city streets

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New Delhi (Dec. 11, 2014): In a first of its kind project in the country, mini drones fitted with night vision cameras will be used to patrol the streets of the national capital by the Delhi Police in order to make the city safer for women.

As the rape of a 27-year-old finance company executive by an Uber cab driver brought the spotlight back on women security in the city, the force has decided to patrol dark stretches and crime prone areas with the help of drones which will be fitted with night vision thermal imaging cameras.

The project will be launched in north district area by next month. Incidentally, the Uber rape case took place in the same area this Friday.

Every drone will fly at a height of approximately 200 metres and will cover a hexagonal grid area of three to four kilometers. Technologically it will be ensured that the area covered by two drones does not overlap.

The North district has already made the dry runs for the project by using drones to monitor immersions of Durga and Ganesha idols at the Yamuna ghats in the area.

So far, Delhi Police had used drones after taking it on rent from DRDO at around Rs 50,000 per day. Using drones for patrolling will be of huge help for the police as it will not have to manually patrol the entire district which is hampered due to manpower crunch.