VIGILANT marina bosses are investing thousands of pounds to upgrade their eye in the sky cover as part of efforts to keep users safe.
Hartlepool Marina Ltd has spent £8,500 on improving its CCTV system over the last six months.
Work is due to be completed in the next couple of weeks and will see the marina covered by 16 state-of-the-art cameras.
Marina managers said it is just part of their extensive work to protect boat owners and visitors from crime.
Allan Henderson, director of Hartlepool Marina Ltd, said: “We have invested thousands in our CCTV coverage and we are reinvesting even more to upgrade the cameras so they can see more clearly in low light.
“We pride ourselves on being extremely safe and secure and promote a safe family environment.
“We have been very successful in the past in detecting crime be it on the water or around the marina.
“As a result criminals know they will get found out if they come here.”
The marina, which provides 500 berths for boat users, changing facilities, water sports and sailing activities, works with a host of agencies to keep the area crime free.
Allan added: “We work with the Border Agency quite closely for immigration issues and are also working on terrorism issues with officers from the police and Special Branch.”
The marina recently came into the spotlight after it was suggested a £60,000 catamaran bought by jailed drug dealer Jonathan Chapman, 28, of Caistor Drive, Hartlepool, had been berthed there.
But the boat was actually located at another site in the town.
Allan added: “We have tried and tested systems in place where we communicate areas of concern to the relevant authorities.”
All foreign boats that enter the marina have to complete a detailed form on arrival which is copied to Cleveland Police and the UK Border Agency so they can be alerted to any wanted vessels immediately.
Boat owners are also doing their bit by taking part in a Neighbourhood Watch-style scheme and know to report anything out of the ordinary they see.
Allan added: “We also work with businesses and tenants to help maintain a crime free environment for visitors by boat or on foot.”