The Malaysian police force will use drones to track crimes in remote border areas, it announced today.

“We have to equip our elite units with tactical and surveillance equipment to curb terrorist attacks, transborder crimes and for border patrol,” said Datuk Zaleha Abdul Rahman, director of strategic resources and technology, Royal Malaysian Police.

The drones, along with helicopters and “giant patrol vehicles”, will next year replace ageing equipment used for border patrols, according to the state news agency Bernama.

Police will also install more CCTV cameras, covering every district headquarter, police station and prison, she added.

And it will improve its systems for gathering intelligence, investigating and creating reports.