Not only have efforts to enter Singapore illegally by sea have become more organised, the nature of threats has also changed.
By Leong Wai Kit and Dawn Karen Tan
SINGAPORE: Ninety-four people were arrested for trying to breach Singapore’s coastline in 2015 – a five-year high, and an average of one person every four days.
As efforts to enter Singapore illegally by sea become more organised, with perpetrators using faster boats, decoys and camouflage to evade detection, the Police Coast Guard is likewise stepping up surveillance with new technology, including panoramic electro-optics sensors along Singapore’s borders, as well as tethered unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, that will be deployed from coastal patrol craft by 2019.
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