Licensees view Pubwatch banning orders as 92% effective

When it comes to Banning Orders, 92 per cent of licensees agree that they are an effective way to deal with trouble makers in licensed premises. Furthermore, over 80 per cent of licensees who responded agreed that Pubwatch schemes help to create a safer local drinking environment, with 62 per cent agreeing that their local Pubwatch has contributed to a decrease in alcohol-related violence and disorder in their local area.

Preliminary findings* just released of research with over 1,000 licensees show that local Pubwatch schemes have a major positive influence in crime reduction and safety in the night-time economy.  The results are from a major new study by Leeds Metropolitan University commissioned by National Pubwatch. 

The university undertook a UK-wide study to evaluate the effectiveness and strengths of local Pubwatch schemes. The study assessed the impact schemes have on crime reduction and community safety and examined how National Pubwatch can support and guide local Pubwatch schemes in the future.  

Many licensees feel their local area has benefited from their Pubwatch scheme, which has helped to decrease alcohol-related violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour on their premises. One licensee told the survey that … “The amount of late night crime and disorder has reduced dramatically in the past 12 months” and another stated that the aims and objectives of their Pubwatch Scheme “…helped reduce crime and disorder five years in a row”. All this is positive news, says National Pubwatch.

Local Pubwatch schemes have had great success with their ‘Banned From One, Banned From All’ rule, which makes managers and staff feel confident in excluding unruly people from their premises. With 92 per cent of licensees agreeing that Banning Orders are an effective way to deal with trouble makers in licensed premises, one licensee reflected: “we can reduce the crime and disorder in our pubs/venues by banning the ones that cause the disorder”. Further, 70 per cent of licensees agree that Banning Orders are viewed as a deterrent by trouble makers with one respondent stating that trouble-makers are more scared that their behaviour may result in a Banning Order than a visit to the courts.

The results from the licensee survey show that Pubwatch Schemes have contributed to safer towns, cities and licensed venues. One licensee advises: “… customers regularly comment on how much safer they feel in the venue – particularly as we are a late night venue”.

*Note: The preliminary findings are from the first wave of research and only represent the views of those licensees contacted to date (10th October 2012). Other major Pubwatch stakeholders such as pub and hospitality trade bodies, Police and Local Authority licensing officers are also participating in this research. Dr Alex Kenyon will present the universities report at the NPW annual conference in Birmingham on 12/3/13.