NPCC Reveals Figures on Drink Spiking and Injections As Victims Urged To Report Incidents

Police advice to licensees about the recent spate of reports about drink spiking and injection incidents is contained in the Licensing Security & Vulnerability Initiative (Licensing SAVI), which venues are being encouraged to use to improve their safety and security for the benefit of staff and customers.

The initiative started its national roll out on the 15 October to 300 venues in West Yorkshire where it is being funded by the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and delivered with support from West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

Mark Morgan, Business Manager of Licensing SAVI, said the focus for venues in response to drink tampering and injections should be about providing a proportionate response to reassure customers.

“Staff have a key role to play when it comes to promoting safety and keeping vulnerable customers safe. Please report incidents to police. This will help build a problem profile and determine any further action by police or venues,” he said.

Based on figures received from police forces across the UK, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) on 27 October reported there had been a total of 198 reports of drink spiking and 56 confirmed reports of injection incidents between 01 September - 23 October.

Police advice to licensed venues includes:

- display prominent signage to remind customers not to leave drinks unattended and not to accept drinks from strangers

- train staff in the danger of drinks being spiked and to monitor unattended drinks

- make staff aware of the necessity to provide immediate assistance to customers feeling dizzy, disorientated or showing signs of intoxication

- provide stopper devices, such as lids, to prevent drinks being spiked

- call police immediately if drink spiking is suspected.

Licensees that have concerns about drug injections should:

- review their policy on door searches and consider specifying a ‘condition of entry’ whereby customers enter the premises on the condition that security staff are permitted to search them. If consent is refused, customers should be refused entry

- display signage to explain venue search policy and encourage customers to understand that you are taking steps to keep them safe and deter offences.

NPCC Lead for Drugs, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin, said: “We would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking, in any form, to contact their local police force. Any reports of spiking will be investigated and taken seriously. You should try and report it to police as quickly as possible to help officers carry out tests and gather the best evidence.”

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