In 2022, Aerial Defence Ltd filed a Freedom of Information request to all 46 Police Forces across the United Kingdom. The request included a number of questions to the relevant Police forces concerning their records relating to stolen drones, including the methodology concerning the offence and more specifically, what information the Police Force collected concerning the details of the stolen devices.
In November 2019, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) launched Drones Reunited, a platform set up to help recover the thousands of drones lost in the UK each year. It was reported that over a quarter of drone owners admitted to having lost their drone. The service at dronesreunited.uk was created to help reconnect owners with their lost devices.
Following a Freedom of Information request submitted to the CAA in August 2022, since the commencement of the Drones Reunited initiative on the 5th November 2019, the following statistics have been released:
- Between the 5th November 2019 and 30th August 2022, there have been 117 drones submitted as LOST to the platform of which “Less than 5” have been ‘Found’ and returned to their owners.
- Furthermore, between the 5th November 2019 and 30th August 2022, there have been only 17 drones submitted as STOLEN to the platform. This is a stark contrast to the amount of drones reported to the Police as Stolen.