Mexican City Finds Just One Police Drone Has Reduced Crime

There are so many possible uses for drones. A high-tech toy is just one of them. They can be used for deliveries and can also be used for surveillance. One city in Mexico has instituted the use of a police drone and have found that it has reduced crime in their city by ten percent.

Ensenada, Mexico

The city of Ensenada, Mexico. is using just one single quadcopter in their police work. It has reduced crime in their city by around ten percent. Burglaries have dropped in frequency even more. There’s been a thirty-percent drop.

Just south of the United States/Mexico border, this town has been using the DJ’s Inspired 1 quadcopter for only four months. And in that very short time, there has already been five-hundred arrests that the copter aided them in.


It’s often being used when someone places an emergency call and goes out about twenty-five times a day in total. Equipped with a camera, every officer has the authorization to view its camera feed, whether they’re working in the police station or are out in the field.

The Effectiveness of Police Drones

The California firm of Cape has provided the software for the drone. Controlled by a remote, it often gets to a crime scene before the officers traveling by car. With the camera function, it allows the officers the chance to check the surroundings before they get there and maybe even follow a suspect so that they can’t escape.

Ensenada is about half a million people in size, and Chris Rittler, Cape’s CEO, says they would only need around a dozen quadcopters to cover the entire city. They can monitor better than a fixed security camera and are more cost-effective than cameras on a helicopter.

Police drones are in use in other areas of the world as well. Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, worked together last year to launch a drone unit to help them with missing person searches, getting images of crime scenes and traffic accidents, and searches to control wildlife crime. They use the same drone as Ensenada. Police in France use drones to catch speeders.


Recently a drone helped rescuers in Hawaii save a person from a situation with lava flow on the move. And in the U.K. one was used to help locate the victim of a car crash who’d left his vehicle.

The Future of the Technology

The drone company has teamed up with the law enforcement company Axon to provide the drones to law enforcement agencies around the world. Axon will promote DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro and Matrice 210 drones to help with crime the same way the drone has been used in Ensenada and in these other areas throughout the world.

At a future point in time Amazon has discussed using mini drones that would follow officers and help them with their other police work.

It’s definitely great to see technology being so beneficial. Would you welcome the police drone technology in the city where you live? Would you be comfortable seeing drones in the air, knowing they’re out on police work? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. “It’s definitely great to see technology being so beneficial.”
    And the technology can also find lost kittens and puppies! I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy. NOT! How long is it before the technology is used to track and record everybody? How long before the technology is used to set up the kind of police state that Big Brother could only dream about?

    “Would you be comfortable seeing drones in the air, knowing they’re out on police work?”
    Definitely not! Which brings up the $64 million question – What is the definition of “police work”? Is it tracking, deterring and/or apprehending criminals or is it keeping track of EVERYONE’S movements and actions and maintaining a police state?! Is the purpose of the drones to keep the country safe FOR its inhabitants or is it to keep the ruling elite safe FROM the inhabitants.

    1. Unfortunately, there is very little we, the people, can do about it. Our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms have been slowly but surely eroded by the government with the eager assistance of our “representatives” from both parties.

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