Woman calls police to report ‘peeping drone’

A woman called police to report a drone was spying on her in her Seattle apartment (CNN/KIRO)

SEATTLE (CNN/KIRO) — A Seattle woman called police to report a Peeping Tom.

Only, it wasn’t a person at her window; it was a drone.

The woman says this is the Peeping Tom of 2014.

She called police to report a drone was spying on her in her apartment near Stewart Street and Perry Avenue. She said when she looked down, she saw its operator pack up camera equipment into a car and take off.

People who live there admit they’re slightly creeped out.

“The good person in me wants to believe it wasn’t someone trying to watch me or another person in the building, but who knows?” said apartment resident Candace Hackett.

Legally, it doesn’t matter. KIRO 7 asked the Federal Aviation Administration, and just Monday it reaffirmed rules for unmanned model aircraft. They only address air traffic safety — not privacy.

“People do have an expectation of privacy, and they should,” said Seattle Police Det. Patrick Michaud. “But if somebody is outside and they can get a picture of you through your window, that’s just living in the city. Sorry.”

Seattle police admit there’s not much they can do about drone complaints — with one exception.

“If you feel threatened by it or if you get hit by it, feel free to tell a person, ‘Hey, look, that’s not cool.’ Or you can call police, and we can do the talking for you, if you wish,” said Michaud.

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