Police Crack Down on Drones

Number of sightings of drones have tripled in the past year forcing cops to take up the hunt.
1:30 | 08/29/15

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Next tonight, the growing problem in the skies over America. We see so many reports of close calls involving drones. The LAPD tracking down an operator flying too close to their helicopter. David Kerley with the drone hunters. Reporter: A blinking drone, in the middle of Hollywood at midnight. Its suspected operator, in handcuffs, after allegedly flying close to a police chopper, forcing it to take evasive action. The man taken in, but not arrested -- yet. It's a case adding to the tripling of the number of sightings compared to last year, as police try to crack down. The NYPD aviation unit got the call, a drone sighting. We went along. In the country's busiest airspace -- It was a white or silver drone. Reporter: These pilots try to spot drones flying illegally. The batteries on these drones last 15 to 20 minutes, so the helicopter has to get on station very quickly if they have any chance of finding a drone flying in these pathways into the new York airports. Nypd is pushing for prosecutions. You see this problem getting worse before it gets better? Absolutely. It's a huge spike in the drone encounters. You're talking a 737 coming in, they had to alter their course to avoid these things, so that's how serious it is. Reporter: Last year, only four arrests. This year, so far, only two in New York. On our call, scanning the tree tops, no sign of the drone, which is often the case. David Kerley, ABC news, new York.

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