Behave or Be Banned is the stark message being issued to pub-goers in West Fife in a new initiative being launched by Dunfermline’s Pub Watch Group.
The campaign is based on a new series of common standards agreed by Pub Watch premises designed to extend a warm welcome to customers, but with explicit guidelines on what will not be tolerated.
The new code warns drinkers that
drunk, violent, quarrelsome or disorderly behaviour could lead to
arrest and that court convictions could lead to exclusion from pubs
within the Dunfermline Pub Watch area
The new initiative has been
launched as part of the National Violence Reduction Campaign, and
commences from the 1 June 2011.
The Behave or Be Banned campaign
follows on from a series of successful initiatives from the Safer
Town Partnership, which in addition to Pub Watch includes Operation
Safe Night, Taxi Marshalls, Street Pastors and Safe Zones.
Activity from wider partnership
that includes local businesses, Dunfermline Delivers, and Fife
Constabulary, has contributed towards further year on year
reductions of recorded crime with a 10.9% decrease achieved across
Fife against the previous year. The Safer Town Partnership
has played a significant part in making Dunfermline's streets safer
than they have been for a number of years. Police at
Dunfermline reported a 10% rise in detection rates for serious
assaults to 91% and 87% detection rate achieved for petty assaults
with a reduction from 651 reports to 592 meaning 130 fewer victims
than the previous year.
Chair of the Local Area Community
Safety Committee, Councillor Joe Rosieak said of the
launch "The Vast majority of Scotland consumes alcohol safely
and sensibly without resorting to violence or other crimes.
However, there remains a risk of violence when alcohol is brought
into the mix and I therefore welcome the National Violence
Reduction Campaign as a means of targeting and addressing this
Towns & cities across the
country attract a large number of people who come to enjoy the
"night-time economy" for the purpose of socialising and
entertainment and Dunfermline is no different.
The Behave or Be Banned scheme
being launched by the Pub Watch Group is a further example of how
the people of Dunfermline want to work together in ensuring that
the Town remains a safe and popular place for people to visit"
Behave or Be Banned is a list of
common standards agreed by all of the Pub Watch premises with a
view towards welcoming customers and members of the public by
implementing and maintaining good practice, and also in protecting
them and staff from unsociable and abusive persons.
Treasurer of the Dunfermline Pub
Watch Group, John Thow said of the scheme: "We want to make sure
that all the licensed premises work together to promote sensible
drinking and ensure a common set of standards are in place to
maintain the safe nighttime environment that we currently
Through Behave or Be Banned, any
person not complying with the standards will be subject to a
potential Ban from all the licensed premises involved in Pub
Watch. We want to send out a message that anti-social or
violent behaviour will not be tolerated across the town."
Local Area Chief Inspector Bob
Baker said "The collaboration of licensed premises working together
on Pub Watch has been one of a number of initiatives that has
helped to create a safer and more secure town centre
Pub Watch, along with the towns
Taxi Marshall Scheme, Safe Zone, Street Pastors, CCTV coverage,
Shop Safe and a high visibility Policing presence have all
collectively helped to deliver on the local community safety
strategy and has had a positive effect in helping to reduce crime
in the area."
Susan Hughes, Chief Executive of
Dunfermline Delivers said, "Dunfermline is developing a reputation
as a safe and secure environment for people to enjoy themselves.
It's essential that we continue this work as we strive to promote
Dunfermline as a visitor destination with its history, shopping and
busy events schedule."
Behave or Be Banned officially
launches on 1st June 2011 with all Pub Watch premises displaying
Posters that clearly detail 10 common standards as follows
1. A licensee can refuse entry
and is under no obligation to give a reason for the refusal.
2. If you are troublesome, become a nuisance to other
customers or misbehave in any way you are liable to be banned
from these premises. In any event your details may be passed on to
other premises in the Dunfermline Pub Watch Initiative where entry
may also be refused.
3. You may be required to agree to a voluntary search for
drugs or weapons by our staff. You will be refused entry or
asked to leave if you refuse.
4. If we deem that you have had too much to drink you will be
5. You will not be allowed to take your glass or bottle with
you when you leave the premises as drinking in the public area
around these premises is prohibited by law.
6. From 1st October 2011 if you look under 25 you will be
refused service unless you provide authenticated identification
i.e. Photographic European Driving Licence, Passport, Young Scot
Card or any other such Accredited 'Pass' Card.
7. The licensee and his or her staff have the power to ask
you to leave their premises.
8. You can be ejected from licensed premises and the police
can be called to assist in ejecting you from those premises.
9. If you are drunk, violent, quarrelsome or disorderly and
refuse to leave you are committing an offence under the Licensing
Scotland Act 2005 and you may be arrested.
10. If you assault, threaten anyone, or cause damage to these
premises and you are convicted by a court then the court may grant
an order excluding you from these and other premises in the
Dunfermline Pub Watch Initiative.
here to view poster/flyer.