Published on October 18th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
An introduction to Pubwatch schemes
A Pubwatch scheme is a partnership scheme for licensed premises in the United Kingdom. Under a Pubwatch scheme, licensees of a given area come together to form an independent Pubwatch group, designed to preempt crime and anti-social behaviour on licensed premises.
The strength of a Pubwatch scheme is in harnessing a wealth local knowledge about specific local causes and hotspots of crime, and persistent or dangerous perpetrators.
It is recommendable for licensees moving into a new area to join the local Pubwatch scheme and access its resources.
A Pubwatch scheme usually covers a town or rural district. County organisations, such as Surry Pubwatch, provide resources and organisation for their area. National Pubwatch, meanwhile, fulfils a nationwide role.
2012 Diageo National Pubwatch Award Winners
The National Pubwatch Winner award was won by the Northampton Pubwatch Scheme. This was the first ever NPW award, and was presented at the annual conference. Northampton Pubwatch was praised for its impressive range of responsible drinking initiatives and clear commitment to partnership working was singled out by the judges.
Chester and Aylesbury Pubwatch, meanwhile, was ‘highly commended’ for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to promoting social responsibility in their local areas
Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch said “We are delighted with the number and quality of entrants received for this awards launch. The National Pubwatch Award acknowledges the fantastic work and great practice undertaken by local Pubwatch Schemes across the UK and their efforts to improve safety for all”.
Zero tolerance scheme in Scarborough pubs
Scarborough publicans have joined forces to eliminate trouble causing revellers by relaunching the town’s Pubwatch scheme. A new poster is to be displayed in participating pubs with a “Zero Tolerance” warning towards anti-social behaviour.
The newly promoted Chairwoman of the Pubwatch scheme said: ‘Ultimately, we are working together to make Scarborough a safer place and have a united front on Zero Tolerance.’
The initiative has been running for about eight years, but with a new elected committee they have been working towards a relaunch, with the support of Police and Scarborough Council. Local licensees now meet once a month to discuss issues affecting the night time economy and environment in the town centre.
Sgt Rachel Wood of Scarborough Police said: ‘It is the members who are wanting to drive this scheme and we are giving them our full support. It is important to have an effective Pubwatch. It can have a positive effect on eliminating crime if everyone is working together to identify the troublemakers and ban them from their pubs.’