Cape Coral neighbors worried about drone recording children in neighborhood

Reporter: Gina Tomlinson
Photo by WINK News.

Neighbors in Cape Coral are buzzing about who could be watching them from the sky.

They say a mysterious drone is flying around their homes off Gleason Parkway and Skyline Boulevard  in Cape Coral. And they’re worried about who’s on the other end of the controls.

“I don’t know if he’s a pedophile,” Bo Hulse said. “I don’t know if he’s a child molester. I don’t know what he’s looking for.”

They say the drone keeps flying right over their pool, by their garden and over their neighbor’s house. They say they see it come by two, sometimes three times a day, even when it gets dark.

“For two years, it flies over,” said. “Don’t know what it’s lookin for.”

Bo and Janice Hulse are creeped out by the mysterious drone they say keeps flying over their backyards in Cape Coral, sometimes inches away from hitting them.

“Sounded like a big mosquito just passing by my ear,” Janice said.

And Janice sees it hovering right over their pool, worried it may be spying on her daughter.

“If she’s out here sunbathing in her bathing suit, you don’t want somebody flying over her taking pictures of her,” Janice said. “It’s scary.”

Even scarier, the next-door neighbor said the drone flies where a 6-year-old girl likes to play. Her mother wants to keep their identities hidden, but she said she doesn’t want the drone to keep invading her family’s privacy.

“All of a sudden, you see red lights,” the mother said. “And red lights to me mean record. I don’t want someone having video of my daughter. There’s a lot of creepy people out there, and it’s not comfortable.”

And neighbors want to know who the drone pilot is because you don’t need a background check to fly the device for fun.

“My first thought was, child predator? Janice said. “You don’t know if it’s somebody because we do have a number of them.”

The Hulses filed a report with Cape Coral Police Department and will be keeping an eye out with their cameras ready to catch the drone at the crime.

WINK News Drone Pilot John Dulin said it’s illegal to fly your drone in backyards without permission. But that doesn’t necessarily mean police can do anything.

“The neighbors complaining, well that’s the first step to get their attention,” Dulin said. “But the officer has to see them doing that and see them operating it at the time.”


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