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Germany Will Use Drones To Stop Graffiti Artists

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At least one country plans on using unmanned drones to help combat a problem other than terrorism.

Germany plans on deploying mini drones to help catch vandals who are defacing the trains that run on the country’s national railway system with graffiti.  

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Deutsche Bahn says that most of the graffiti work takes place at night, so the aerial vehicles, which will have four helicopter-style rotors and be capable of shooting high-resolution pictures, will be equipped with thermal imaging technology.

“We have to find news ways to wage the anti-graffiti struggle,” said the head of railways security Gerd Neubeck.

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The drones will mainly focus on surveying train depots and won’t be used over public land because of German anti-surveillance laws, according to The Huffington Post.

"We are going to use this technology in problem areas, where taggers are most active," said a spokesman who asked not to be named.  

Deutsche Bahn estimated that it suffered $10 million worth of property damage last year from people spray-painting its carriages

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail