Police investigating report of drone flying outside 17th storey bathroom window in Pasir Ris

PHOTO: Facebook/Amelia Yeo

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating after a Pasir Ris resident said she saw a drone fly past her window.

The police confirmed to The Straits Times on Wednesday (May 8) that a report had been lodged.

A check by ST on the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) website found that the area where the drone was sighted was within 5km of an airport or airbase.

A Class 2 Activity Permit is required for unmanned aircraft activities conducted for recreational or research purposes in areas within 5km of where aircraft flight operations take place, according to the website.

In a Facebook post last Thursday, user Amelia Yeo said that she had noticed something flying outside her toilet window when she was showering at around 5pm.

She said that her toilet window is always open as she lives on the 17th storey, adding that she assumed there were no privacy issues as "nothing is directly outside it".

Ms Yeo said that she saw the airplane-shaped drone fly past her window several times, about 50 to 100 metres away, at a "relatively slow speed".


Posted by Amelia Yeo on Thursday, May 2, 2019

She said that the last time she saw it, it was heading towards Elias Green condominium before flying back in the direction it had come from, which was towards Ris Grandeur condominium.

Ms Yeo wrote that she made a police report and the Pasir Ris Neighbourhood Police Post "immediately sent officers down to my place".

She said the officers told her they scoured the area but were unable to find the drone operator.

She said that the investigating officer had told her the drone flying was illegal on two counts as it constituted an outrage of modesty as well as a breach of no-fly zone laws.

In a comment on her original post on Wednesday, Ms Yeo said that the police had told her that the case was reclassified as harassment instead of outrage of modesty.

"As for whether the drone managed to film anything else or invade anyone's privacy, I do not know," she added.

ST has contacted CAAS for more information.

In September last year, a drone spotted flying around a Punggol Housing Board estate was being investigated by CAAS.

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