Reading Pubwatch Members Receive Metal Detector Wands

14/6/22: At the monthly Pubwatch meeting held at Playlist Live in Reading town centre, metal detector wands were issued to licensees from a dozen different venues to aid their security teams in searching patrons.

The wands were gifted by Thames Valley Police (TVP) as part of the long standing partnership approach working with management teams in Reading to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on and around licensed premises. These were the second tranche of metal detectors supplied by TVP to Reading Pubwatch members.

This was an appropriate gesture from TVP during National Licensing Week that endorses the importance of positive partnership working within the licensed trade to promote a safer drinking environment. Members also received an update from the council on licensing matters and a presentation from the Fire and Rescue Service.

Most venues in Reading that operate in the late -night sector have adopted a search on entry and utilise ID scan equipment as a standard operating procedure.

Declan Smyth, Licensing Officer for TVP for the greater Reading area said that “Thames Valley Police are pleased to support management and security teams in Reading to reduce ASB through adopting robust search policies and the use of portable metal detectors”.

The secretary of Reading Pubwatch, Bill Donne, stated “We are grateful today to TVP for providing the portable wands to assist our security teams do their job. This builds on previous partnership initiatives of the loan of search arches and drugs itemiser operations in our late- night venues. Anecdotal evidence suggests that customers feel safer in a venue when they know everyone has been searched”.