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Melanie Richter controls the Yuneec selfie drone 'Breeze 4K' with a smartphone at the IFA 2017 tech fair in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A drone has been stalking women in a rural community


Several women residing in rural Australia have recently been woken at night by a drone peering into their homes, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

ABC on Thursday reported that police have yet to find the offender menacing the group near Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Some of the women told ABC that they are living in constant fear that the drone will make another visit after its previous appearances either late at night or very early in the morning.

One of the women said she was recently asleep and alone at home at her relatively remote hobby farm when she was woken up by a bang on her window.

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ABC’s source added she looked out to see a camera attached to the drone hovering in the darkness near her window.

“I feel violated, [I] feel it’s intrusive and [I] feel scared, intimidated,” the 39-year-old woman, who did not wish to be identified, said.

Another woman – who also asked to remain anonymous – told ABC that her experience with the craft have left her feeling anxious and panicked.

“You’ll hear a noise and even if it’s not a drone you just get paranoid,” the 40-year-old said. “It’s got [to] the point where I now sleep with a large wooden bat in my bed.”

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Two of the women told ABC that their concern has grown to the point where they no longer shower at night due to worries they will be filmed.

One woman said that she supports a tougher approach to Australia’s drone regulations following her problems with the drone.

“I just want to go back to not being scared in my own house anymore,” she said.

Local police on Eyre Peninsula have since issued a warning that drones cannot be used at night, adding that the devices also cannot go within 30 meters (or about 98 feet) of people.

Authorities added that complaints about drones can be directed to Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) via its website.

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