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More Than 80% of Women Want Safer Pubs, Bars and Restaurants, Says YouGov Survey

Three out of four adults are calling for improved safety procedures in bars, pubs and nightclubs following the recent national publicity around the safety of women and girls, according to a YouGov survey.

With safety defined as ‘where efforts have been made to prevent crime, reduce harm and where staff will support you if you are feeling vulnerable’, 5,050 adults in England aged 18-45, were asked whether they agreed with the statement that ‘recent publicity around the safety of women and girls has made it more important for licensed premises to improve their safety procedures’.

A total of 79% of adults said they want safety improvements in nightclubs whilst 76% want improvements in bars and clubs. The call for safety improvements extended to other licensed premises included in the survey with between 52-65% of adults wanting improvements in stadiums, arenas, hotels, guest houses, restaurants, theatres and sports and social clubs.

Across all licensed premises, the support for improved safety in venues is greatest amongst women. In nightclubs, 83% of women want improved safety compared to 75% of men. In bars and clubs the percentage point difference is greater with 81% of women wanting safety improvements compared to 70% of men.

The research also found that a police safety award may benefit all the different types of licensed premises to some extent, with 25% of adults reporting being more likely to visit bars and pubs that received a police award.

The YouGov survey of adults, who would visit at least one licensed premises in a six-month period, was carried out between 16 August – 5 September, and was commissioned by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), a police-owned organisation, which works alongside the Police Service to deter and reduce crime.

One of Police CPI’s latest initiatives is Licensing Security & Vulnerability Initiative (Licensing SAVI), which seeks to improve safety and security in licensed premises. Licensing SAVI brings together for the first time all the information that licensees need to meet the requirements of police and council licensing teams. Available as an on-line self-assessment, it provides information on effective management practices and operational security. It leads to a star-rating and venues can apply for a police award, which is the first ever National Policing Award in England and Wales.

Mark Morgan, Business Manager for Licensing SAVI, and a former Police Superintendent, said: “There is a tremendous consistency in these results which show how important safety has become today, particularly for women.”

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