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Monday Mutterings: Voyeur Drones, Highway Hijinks, And Hitting The Wall

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A San Ramon man skippering his backyard hot tub over the weekend got that creepy feeling some of us get when we feel we’re being watched and began to scan for interlopers – eventually spotting a drone overhead.

It was unknown if the drone was up to capture sneak peeks of the bather or aerial views of a home up for sale in the neighborhood but the citizen felt he was being surveilled, the police got dialed up and fanned out to look for the operator, and we don’t know if they were wondering why anyone would want to capture images of a man bathing, but a call is a call.

We’re not sure how or if this one was resolved but the incident was dutifully recorded and investigated. It’s unknown if the backyard bather is securing camouflage netting for his next tubbing or brushing up on his skeet shooting skills.

San Ramon was busy this week, with fleeing felons wreaking havoc on local roads and crashing into things as well as other cases turning up of interest to the police. Lamorindans were awakened by a lengthy chase down I680 onto Highway 24 into Orinda early Sunday morning, two of three occupants of a stolen car quickly rounded up by police while a third took off into the neighborhoods. We reported everything we knew at the time but haven’t heard back from those in the know to put a (.) on this story.

For all of you who dial us up for news during these things, we have three words: Get the Flash – if you don’t already have it! It’s popular and it’s where we are putting real-time breaking news alerts. Some subscribers have found themselves getting news alerts on incidents that have ended up unfolding – in real-time and in the real world – on their doorsteps. Check them out if you’re they type of person who likes to know.

Another discovery we made this week and had supported over the weekend was the apparent number of folks out there in personal crisis – which we know we’re all vulnerable to from time to time, but which seems to have taken a firm hold on folks of late.

We know it’s simplistic to say and that sometimes personal demons are hard to shake but if you’re in crisis, try and get some help. And if you’re one of those people who loves someone in crisis and is trying to save them from themselves, try to get some help, too, because it’s a big job and tough to do alone.

Everyone hang in there. There’s a brand spanking new week ahead of us. Let’s see what we make of this one.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t worry about drones. I’m seen in public all day long, and I’m on camera everywhere I go. Privacy is important, but I’ve accepted the fact that unless I’m inside the four walls of our own home, there’s no such thing as privacy anymore.

    It makes more sense to me not to do anything embarrassing in your own hot tub. After all – you are outside. Without drones, we all have neighbors – even those of us who live spaciously apart.

  2. Recently I heard a continuous humming noise coming from my backyard. When I went out I saw there was a drone hovering right over imy property. when it saw me.looki.g up.at it ,it took off and went away. It is a feeling of invasion, after all isn’t the backyard under my sovereignty? So.as any country would do, I. now have a Homeland Protection System – a slingshot ~which I will employ the next event.

    • @Greg – Ha! We’re hearing of all sort of “Counter Drone Measures” being taken! It’s a suburban arms race!

    • Hopefully, Adam, you’re talking about the feathered variety and not the type built by McDonnell Douglas!

  3. Drones have wide-angle lenses and are loud. This may change in the future but, for now, if you can’t hear the drone, then it can’t see you very well. Much more effective to snoop on people with a spotting scope.

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