Responding to the news that crime has fallen to a record low, the ALMR has lauded the work of voluntary and partnership schemes and the hard work of pubs, bars and nightclubs to provide safe, enjoyable environments for consumers and contribute to declining levels of crime.
Figures released in the Crime Survey for England and Wales show an 11% decrease in crime compared to the previous year’s survey. Instances of violence fell 11%, led largely by a 26% reduction in “violence with injury”, while theft from a person fell by 9%.
ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said: “It is good to see continuing decreases in levels of crime, particularly a reduction in instances of violence. Pubs and clubs are helping to contribute to this positive trend by investing in staff, training, and security. We are seeing positive changes in attitudes in our venues through information-sharing and robust action towards behaviour that is deemed unacceptable.
“Pubs and nightclubs are safe, enjoyable places to spend a night out thanks to the emphasis our venues are placing on responsible retailing and through partnership schemes such as Best Bar None and Purple Flag. Licensed hospitality is working hard to contribute to declining levels of crime and we would like to see this hard work being recognised at both a local and national level.”