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Korea Times

South Korean police ignore voyeur drone cam complaint

Police follow up the case a month later after a note written by the victim goes viral

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 August, 2017, 2:10pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 August, 2017, 2:12pm

By Ko Dong-hwan

A woman reported to police about a drone surreptitiously recording her from outside her home but police ignored the report until it went viral on social media.

On June 23, the woman from Jung-gu, in the city of Daejeon, reported to the National Police Agency’s hotline that she spotted a drone equipped with a camera recording her inside her room the same day.

A police officer from the city’s Jungbu Police Station was called to the scene. But he failed to find any evidence as no security cameras in the building captured the machine whose operator was unknown. The officer left the building and didn’t file the case with the police station.

A month passed after the incident, during which the police did nothing to help the woman.

On July 25, the woman posted a written message inside the building’s elevator, informing other residents about her experience. She said she heard a buzzing sound and found that “a maniac” was flying a drone close to her suite’s window.

“Despite my suite’s location being on the street side with many passers-by right below, the drone boldly recorded my home, even flashing a bright light,” her message read. She cited police as saying the most likely suspect would be “another resident from the same building or from the next building,” which she underlined with a red marker.

“I think the drone recorded me for about 20 minutes during which I was partially nude,” she added. “If it really turns out to be my neighbour, I will never settle for a compromise.”

Her message was photographed and posted on Twitter by another resident the same day.

Jungbu Police called in the woman on July 29 after the incident went viral online. The police said they first learned of the incident from her post, according to Seoul Shinmun.

“We regret we didn’t pay attention to the victim’s words and investigate factual grounds of the possible criminal activity when it had occurred,” a police representative reportedly said, admitting the wrongdoing of the officer who had visited the victim’s home.

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