As regulations become more and more stringent, the detection of unauthorized drone operations is also becoming much more effective.
Using fixed and mobile detection systems such as ‘AeroScope’, authorities can now monitor and identify drone transmission signals autonomously, recording flight paths, altitudes, video downlinks and RPAS serial numbers etc., all from as much as 50KM away, so your last drone flight path, serial number and telemetry commands may already be on record and filed away somewhere! So if you get a knock at the door by the authorities they probably know more about your drone flights than you do!
It is a criminal offence to fly a Drone above 400ft AGL without an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) regardless of how good the photo will be! and seeing aerial imagery posted on social media, real estate listings (or even video productions) can be enough to justify further investigation by the authorities to ensure correct safety procedures and rules have been followed.
The increased awareness of recreational drone use (and the commitment and resources the authorities now have to enforce the new Canadian drone rules), has made flying drones a risky endeavour, with fines of $3000 or more for not following the rules or local bylaws. You can no longer get away with flying drones illegally, you will eventually get caught and there will be consequences!
Additionally, reporting a Drone Incident is now a simple online process for members of the public to complete (anonymously if they want), when they are concerned about the safety of people, animals, privacy or general aviation.