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Malaysia gets cameras to counter pirates

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 13 (UPI) -- The Malaysian government is strengthening maritime security in the Strait of Malacca to counter threats from piracy.

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency has installed new long-range surveillance cameras along the Strait of Malacca. Every year, more than 70,000 vessels access the route, one of busiest shipping lanes in the world.

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The escalating threat of piracy around the world, particularly off the coast of Somalia, has put new pressure on the international community to counter the violence. Malaysia announced it has installed ARGC-2400 cameras made by U.S. company Obzerv Technologies in a move to strengthen maritime security.

"Because of its long-range detailed identification capability, the ARGC-2400 has become an indispensable tool to prevent piracy acts, illegal immigration, smuggling and terrorism," Deni Bonnier, Obzerv president, said in a statement.

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