An incident involving a drone is reported to police in the north-east almost every four days, new figures show.
Police Scotland began recording incidents relating to drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in April 2018.
The law aims to prevent people flying drones too close to airports, crowds, vehicles and people, particularly when landing or take off.
New statistics provided to the Evening Express under freedom of information laws shows 71 incidents were reported in the region between April 1 2018 and February 28 2019 – amounting to one every 4.6 days.
However, just three were recorded as a crime.
In the first incident, a man was in his garden on Main Road, Buckie, at 5.20pm on May 6 2018 and called police after spotting a drone flying overhead.
He reported the incident to police, who say inquiries are ongoing.
In the second incident, a woman was in a garden on Craigton Terrace, Aberdeen, at 5.10pm on August 5 2018 when she saw a drone flying overhead.
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Police were contacted and a 39-year-old man was charged and reported to the procurator fiscal.
In the third incident, police received a report of a drone flying over a commercial premises on Balvenie Street, Dufftown, at 12.30pm on February 27 2019.
Police said inquiries are ongoing into the incident, though officers are following a positive line of inquiry.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed all three of the incidents related to Air Navigation Order 2016, which governs drone offences not linked to airports.
In November, a football match between Arbroath and Montrose was interrupted by a drone flying overhead.
The incident was reported to Tayside police. Officers traced the pilot nearby and he will be reported to the procurator fiscal for the relevant offence.
Afterwards Angus Local Area Commander Chief Inspector David McIntosh said: “Flying drones without the appropriate training, experience or license can be hazardous.
“A loss of power or signal to the drone can have a significant impact and cause injuries to others.
“Drones that are used at events have the appropriate license and are used in the full knowledge of the organiser and events planning team to ensure the safety of others.
“Any person using a drone irresponsibly could be arrested, but will certainly have the drone confiscated and the circumstances will be reported to the procurator fiscal.
“If you have a drone, or are planning to buy or use one, please make yourself familiar with the appropriate legislation, and use the equipment safely and sensibly.”