Some very encouraging figures have been released by the NSW Bureau of Statistics, Crime and Research (BOCSAR) which indicate that licenced venues in NSW have experienced a significant decrease in assaults and violent incidents, progress which the industry have attributed to preventative practice.
BOCSAR reported that assaults on licenced premises fell 23.7 per cent between January 2007 and December 2012. The reports validity was questioned by the idea that some staff may be afraid to report violence because of licence restrictions or loss under NSW disciplinary schemes.
The Bureau however responded to these fears by testing the validity of the figures by analysing 1600 randomly selected incidents from the same period, finding what they called “no statistical significance” in the rate of reporting by staff at licenced venues with recognised violent history versus those without.
The following excerpt from an article on TheShout.com.au explains more about the findings:
AHA NSW director of policing and regulations John Green told TheShout measures involving operators and authorities are having the desired effect.
“From our point of view, the BOCSAR report confirms what we know – that staff continue to report incidents and work closely with police.
“And if you consider assaults in and around licensed premises are now at their lowest level in over 15 years, it demonstrates that licensees are working with police to reduce violence in and around venues.”
The post goes on to discuss the area where the most change has been witnessed which was also arguably the most problematic district. The Kings Cross area has experienced a significant improvement, attributed to the new measures and their effectiveness.
One of the greatest developments in the Kings Cross Area which has been thought to have made a big positive impact is the erection ofa new late night taxi rank in Bayswater Road and additional late night buses running in the area. Late night transport alleviated the problem of a lack of safe, reliable late night transport which was contributing to a lot of the loitering and public drunkenness.
It is believed that the new measures also had something to do with the improvement in the latest “NSW most violent venues” list released in March which this time had fewer venues of it than ever before.
The article on TheShout.com.au went on to explain:
The precinct most thwarted by the increased focus on anti-social behaviour, Kings Cross, has seen significant changes, which CEO of the Kings Cross Liquor Accord Doug Grand says have made a big difference.
“In regards to the new measures in Kings Cross one of the main issues was the lack of late night transport options to allow late night patrons to leave the area,” said Grand.
“The major improvement under the Kings Cross Plan of Management has been the improved operation to the late night secure taxi rank in Bayswater Road and additional late night buses.
“This, along with a higher visibility police presence, and a collaborative focus between venues and Government, is having a positive effect in driving down anti-social behaviour.”