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Pros and Cons of Aerial and Underwater Drone Surveillance

Owning a company means that there is a lot of data and information, as well as a team of employees, that need to be kept safe and secure. With aerial or underwater surveillance you can elevate the security at your workplace to make sure that you are one step ahead of any would-be predators. But what are the pros and cons of aerial and underwater surveillance? Will they work for your business? Here are some things to think about.

The Pros

  • Versatility: Aerial drones are very versatile and they can be used for a wide range of things. They can be used around your premises, as well as for any large scale events that your company may have.

  • Marketing: Footage from aerial drones can be used for marketing and promotional purposes if there is content that is suitable.

  • Site Security: You can keep your site secure with aerial or underwater surveillance, so that you don’t need to hire a security team full time. Aerial drones in particular are equipped with thermal imaging so you can easily identify any intruders.

  • Keep Informed: If the site you want to keep secure is a construction site, you can monitor the site which can help to prevent delays, keep the site secure, and will also mean that you can show the progress of a project to clients.

  • Missing Equipment & Inspections: Aquatic surveillance can be used for boats, piers, and inspections of docks, as well as identify and search for missing or lost equipment.


With a quality provider of these types of surveillance, you can get a service that is unmatched and have the surveillance that will best suit your needs.

The Cons

  • Privacy: One of the most common concerns about these types of surveillance is privacy (or lack of). Aerial or underwater drones collect video, images, and data easily, but it may be recorded without consent, especially if it is then used for promotional purposes.

  • Legal Uncertainty: There is an element of legislative uncertainty when it comes to these types of surveillance. Their use is still quite new, so legislation is playing catch up in that department. There are some rules that will need to be adhered to but there are still ambiguities.

  • Property Right Infringement: There may be questions about how to best determine property rights around air or water space, and questions around property rights and protecting landowners from surveillance trespassing.


If you want to take your site security to the next level, then aerial or underwater surveillance could be the next step for you. If you have questions around the legislation and how the surveillance could be used, as well as how it could help to protect your site and business, then speaking to a team of experts like Umbrella Security Services is a must. The pros do seem to outweigh the cons, so it should be a consideration to improve your site security in the future.


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