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Key Facts:

  • There has been a 14% reduction in the number recorded incidents of violent crimes and criminal damage linked to the Night Time Economy in Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Avon and Somerset's Road Policing Unit annual summer drink-drive campaign in June 2010 arrested 139 people.

  • 22% (45 of 203 known 2008-09) of Southside Family Project clients for domestic violence also attended BADAS/New Highway – for drug and alcohol problems.

What does the data say?

There was a 14% reduction in the number recorded incidents of violent crimes and criminal damage linked to the Night Time Economy in Bath and North East Somerset over the 12 months running up to Quarter 3 of 2011/12 and Q3 2012/13. In particular there have been notable reductions in the City Centre wards. 1

More work is needed to assess the reasons for this decline. However, this decrease is likely to be caused by a range of factors. Some night clubs have reported being quieter recently and it is possible that due to increasing financial pressure, those in their late teens and early twenties from more economically deprived backgrounds who are more likely to commit violent crimes and criminal damage are not going out as much.

Work will also be done to assess whether this reduction is in any way linked to interventions that have been put in place locallty.

 Alcohol -crimes linked to the night time economy-line graph

Figure 1: Violent crimes and criminal damage linked to the Night Time Economy (8pm-4am) in Bath and North East Somerset.2

Avon and Somerset's Road Policing Unit annual summer drink-drive campaign in June 2010:

  • stopped 27,689 vehicles
  • breathalysed 1,819 people
  • arrested 139 people (7.6% of those breathalysed).
  • This compared with rates of arrests for drink-driving for England and Wales that were around 8-9% of those breathalysed. 3

32% of all violent crime is recorded during Night Time Economy hours (Friday and Saturday 9pm-3am). 4

The 2011 Hate Crime Problem Profile indicates that hate crime is strongly correlated with both night time economy and anti-social behaviour. 5

There is a correlation between night time economy and antisocial behaviour. 6

There is a correlation between night time economy and domestic violence. 7

22% (45 of 203 known 2008-09) of Southside Family Project clients for domestic violence also attended BADAS/New Highway – for drug and alcohol problems. 8

Alcohol related recorded and violent crime - PHE alcohol support data 9

The data reflects the level of crime linked to drinking in the population andis most likely to be found in binge drinkers, higher-risk drinkers and dependent drinkers. The crude rate of alcohol related recorded crime for all genders per 1000 (2012-13) in B&NES was 4.33 per 1000, compared to 5.74 per 1000 nationally. The rate for alcohol related violent crime over the same period was 3.35 (all genders, crude rate per 1000 compared to 3.93 nationally. 

Are we meeting the needs?

CCTV - There are 88 cameras operated with 32 in Bath city centre and 20 others split between Charlotte Street, Avon Street, and Riverside car and coach parks. In 2010 (January-December) the CCTV Control Room logged 3164 incidents resulting in 463 arrests. In this time there were 1033 requests to view recorded footage of which 813 copies were made as evidential material 10

Night time economy schemes:

  • Nightwatch – aims to build trust and confidence in people who want to enjoy a safe night out in Bath. The subscription based scheme offers a package of night time services for licensed premises including a high quality radio link connecting the licensed trade and increased street and taxi marshal services
  • Taxi Marshalling – at the weekend reducing tensions and ensuring that people wait in an orderly fashion at taxi ranks and end their night safely
  • Operation Eutaxy – targets the night time economy and is resourced from core policing – the main outcome of this is that there are extra officers on duty at these times. 11