Night-time crime and disorder


Key points to help CDRPs tackle crime and disorder in the night-time
Key points to help CDRPs tackle crime and disorder in the night-time

The following key points have been published by the Home Office in January
2005 to help Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) to tackle crime
and disorder in the night-time economy.

  • Use dispersal orders for areas where there is a persistent anti-social behaviour problem.

  • Discourage premises from running happy hours and irresponsible drinks promotions and make regular visits to those that do run these promotions. Film or record behaviour and use it in evidence for prosecutions.

  • Introduce secure glass and bottle banks. Promote their use actively, especially in high-risk disorder areas. Ensure bottle banks are regularly collected and emptied.

  • Ensure there are police, Community Safety Officer’s (CSOs), Town Warden’s, Special Constable’s etc, at key bus stations/stops and at taxi ranks. Use bus and taxi marshals at designated taxi ranks and bus stations at peak times.

  • Create temporary pedestrian zones, wherever there is a high concentration of night- time economy premises. Ensure there are sufficient parking attendants, traffic wardens, police etc.

  • Get the NHS and Primary Care Trusts to help gather intelligence. Install free phone direct lines for victims at A&E to speak to the police.

  • Make joint structured multi-agency visits with partners from local authorities, police, Trading Standards, Fire Service, Environmental Health, local authority licensing officer’s etc, to on and off-licences.

  • Make routine visits to ‘hot spot venues’, with overt video recording by police or local authority licensing officers to use as evidence for any prosecutions.

  • Target patrols of Special Constable’s, CSOs, Town Warden’s etc at peak demand.

  • Use new Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for:

    • alcohol-related offences

    • action against bar staff selling to underage persons

    • for urinating in the street.

  • Use Anti-Social Behaviour Orders to stop people entering specific areas or premises. Use powers to confiscate alcohol.

  • Connexions ID cards and card readers. Encourage Connexions to distribute cards with PASS hologram to 14-19 year olds through schools and colleges. Ensure that licensed premises have card-readers for use by bar staff and door staff. Encourage staff to challenge under-age drinkers for proof of ID – driving license, passport or Connexions card only.

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Last update: 06 January 2005

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