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Drones at home draw wary eyes

Fear of surveillance prompts some to seek to curb police use

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 4:26 a.m.

A model of a military-style drone sits Thursday outside the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland, Calif., before a hearing on the county sheriff’s plan to acquire a drone for aerial surveillance.

A model of a military-style drone sits Thursday outside the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland, Calif., before a hearing on the county sheriff’s plan to acquire a drone for aerial surveillance.

They can record video images and produce heat maps. They can be used to track fleeing criminals, stranded hikers — or just as easily — political protesters. And for police departments, they are more affordable than helicopters.

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Front Section, Pages 5 on 02/17/2013

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