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24 Hour Security at Chichester Marina

Chichester Marina is a locked marina, meaning all boat movements in and out of the marina are monitored by Premier staff. Onshore, along with external support all of our Premier staff are fully trained to deal with security issues. Our Marina Hosts patrol the marina throughout the day and our Lockmasters patrol the South Coast marina a minimum of two times a night, including the boatyard areas, pontoons and facilities. Management also patrol the marina weekly, vigilant to defects and any changes and the main team also patrol the marina daily.

24-hour CCTV cameras cover the bridgeheads, car parks and shoreside and are monitored on site and centrally at Port Solent during the night hours. The cameras cover the entrance road and north side barrier, The boatyard, the lock operations and fuel bay. Entry to the facility blocks on the marina is gained through key fob access control security systems.There are car park barriers between B-D pontoons and E-F pontoons, which require a fob to gain access and during night hours the marina has barriers on the entrance road which come down at 10pm and go up at 6am. During those times to gain access to the marina is via fob and intercom only.

Alongside Premier Marinas' own security measures Premier is also committed to supporting Project Kraken - a joint coastal crime prevention initiative that’s delivered by the National Crime Agency, Border Force and Police. This initiative encourages close and regular liaison between our marinas and the local Police force who look to both Premier and its customers to report security issues or suspicious situations. 

What you should report to your Premier marina team or the Police – as appropriate

Project Kraken: “We want you to report any unusual or suspicious activity near the coastline and in maritime environments. This could include:

  • Boats with names or identification numbers painted out, altered or erased.
  • People or packages landed or disembarked from boats in unusual locations and transferred into waiting vehicles. Why are they suspicious? Note times, locations, descriptions of vessels, persons, including boat names, sail numbers, hull colours or other distinctive markings. If vehicles are seen note make, registration, colour and nationality.
  • Boats moving late at night or early in the morning in suspicious circumstances, showing little or no navigational lighting or signalling to persons or vehicles ashore.
  • Boats which may be overloaded, appear low in the water, contain people who do not appear to be able to handle the vessel or are inadequately dressed for the prevailing weather conditions. 
  • Boats containing people who appear to be engaged in unusual boat handling techniques such as recovering swimmers or divers from the water.
  • Rigid inflatable boats moving at unusual times or seen in unusual locations and fitted with extra fuel tanks.
  • Suspicious or unfamiliar persons seen in marinas or coastal areas carrying tools, paying attention to or taking photographs of vessels with high value items such as engines and electronic navigational equipment.
  • Suspicious persons who ask questions about security procedures
  •  Suspicious vessels observed entering maritime restricted areas or seen in close proximity to large cargo or passenger vessels whilst underway or at anchor.
  • Crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs.
  • Vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.
  • Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.
  • Any attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual landfall.

How to make a report

If you see unusual or suspicious activity, report it to the marina team if appropriate or call the local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 'Kraken'.

Record as much information as you can - the smallest detail could be significant. Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups.

If it is an emergency, call 999.