More than 140,000 ships call at Singapore every year. Every day, there are around 1,000 ships anchored in our waters.
Border security is more than just the immigration checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas.
In a joint operation in Aug 2012, Police Coast Guard officers arrested five Singaporeans and two Indonesians attempting to smuggle $240,000 worth of cigarettes into Singapore.
Since 2013, the Police Coast Guards have busted seven groups in the illegal sale of marine gas oil.
But their work extends beyond sea patrols and checks on ships. The Police Coast Guard also work together with fish farms and kelongs to be the eyes and ears, and alert them if they see any suspicious activities.
Floating sea barriers and fences along the coastline provide a deterrent to potential intruders. The coastal security patrol force keep a lookout for hidden contraband items and suspicious activity through foot patrols on the coastlines.
All this from four bases in Singapore - Lim Chu Kang, Loyang, Gul and Brani.
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