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Police target alcohol-related crime

Image illustrating alcohol-related crime from Herts police
Posters are being distributed to pubs, clubs and late night take-aways across the county to encourage pub and club goers to drink sensibly and get home safely.(Image on Herts Police site)
Alcohol-related crime in Hertfordshire has increased by 12% with more than 13,000 incidents reported in 2004/5. The majority of those arrested were aged between 17-25.

Hertfordshire Constabulary, in a news release emailed to this site, say posters are being distributed to pubs, clubs and take-away food outlets to encourage pub and club goers to drink sensibly and get home safely.

Assistant Chief Constable, Simon Parr, said that having large numbers of people under the influence of alcohol has negative effects on the environment and crime levels.

"These include disorder, serious or even fatal assaults and other violent crime, damage to property and vehicles, sexual assaults, road traffic collisions and noise disturbance.

"Drinking excess alcohol can result in aggressive behaviour or can cause people to lose their inhibitions which can result in them finding themselves in situations they later regret," he said.

Hertfordshire facts and stats:

  • Countywide, in 2004/5 the number of incidents of alcohol related crime and disorder increased by 12% on the previous year (a total of 13,335 incidents).
  • An alcohol related offence is any offence that is reported and recorded as having involved alcohol. It can include any type of crime.
  • Violent crimes (including assaults, wounding and affray) account for 45% of all alcohol related offences.
  • Offenders of assaults and public order offences are generally men (but women too) who are under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes weapons such as bottles are used to cause injury.
  • The peak ages for those arrested in 2004/05 for alcohol related offences were 17 to 25-year-olds.
  • 18 % of all detentions in custody are alcohol related.
  • Between midnight and 3am, over 50% of all detentions are alcohol related.
  • On Saturdays, 25% of all detentions are alcohol related. This is twice more than the levels seen on Monday to Thursday.
  • The majority of alcohol related incidents take place between 9pm and 4am, peaking between 11pm until 2am.
  • During this peak time, at least 58% of all incidents are alcohol related.
Advice for a night out:
  • Plan how you are going to get home. Arrange for someone to pick you up or get a taxi, using a reputable firm, or book a taxi to take you home before you go out.
  • Do not walk home alone. If you must walk home, walk in groups and keep to well lit areas and main roads. Avoid alleyways and short cuts.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Look after your friends. If they are heavily intoxicated, make sure they get home safely and do not do anything they may regret in the morning.
  • Know your limit and drink sensibly. Stop when you know you have had enough.
  • Avoid confrontation – walk away instead.

You can discuss this issue in this site’s forum.

27 September 2005

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