‘Creepy’ drone hovers outside Calgary apartment windows

A woman in Calgary’s Beltline area says she noticed a drone hovering close to an apartment window Tuesday evening. Police are investigating to see if the drone invaded people’s privacy or if it was operated by a professional with permission to fly it there.

CALGARY — A Calgary woman spotted a drone hovering outside people’s windows in the Beltline Tuesday evening.

She says it was hovering close to an apartment across the street for a bit, moved over and hovered a while longer, then took off.

“This was kind of weird and creepy,” said Beth Allan, who spotted the drone. “I hope it’s not actually what happened. And that was just sort of my reaction, was like ‘I hope that’s not really what I think it is. I really hope there isn’t a random drone flying around looking in windows.’”

The Beltline falls within Calgary’s control zone — which means devices that are more than 250g are not allowed to fly there.


Professionals must get permission to fly in these areas.

“I think it’s important to say there’s plenty of legitimate reasons .. it might have been inspecting windows.”

CityNews reached out to Nav Canada to see if it might’ve belonged to a licensed professional, but they have yet to provide a response.

Calgary police say they were called to the building in the 1100 block of 11 Ave. SW regarding this concern.

Their investigation is ongoing, but they’re asking anyone with information – or if it was you operating a legal flight – to call the Calgary police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.

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