There police have also attempted to increase high-visibility patrols in the area however as well as the ambulance services they are extremely overwhelmed by the vast amounts of the public at the peak times on a Friday and Saturday evening. These offences appear to be occurring later on at night often after young people are leaving the bars and nightclubs in the town centre. The crime/problem analysis triangle can be linked with this problem because the inner triangle in this scenario would be the chemistry between the shop having the alcohol which those leaving a nightclub will want and the victims and offenders.
The amount of alcohol, people and time of night are all factors which could cause the offences to occur. This chemistry wil more than often lead to a volatile situation arising. The town centre has CCTV coverage and there is a radio which is linked to the police however it is not linked to the pub watch radios therefore this could be something which needs changing. There are a number of different crime prevention methods that can be applied to prevent violence around licensed premise; these premises include bars, pubs, and nightclubs and so on.
Previous research has found that around 47% of all incidents in relation to violence and disorder in pubs occurs in just two hours of the week these times being between 11:00pm and 12:00am on Fridays and at the same time on Saturdays. (Rutter et al 1998) This applies to this case because the peak times of violence are again at midnight but also 2am. Over 50% of all arrests for drink-related crimes and Public Order offences occur around these times. The vast amount of people in the same area at the same time leads to a greater probability to conflict.
This can be due to a number of things including individuals simply showing off to their peers or an over consumption of alcohol and lack of knowledge as to what they are doing. The taxi drivers and fast food restaurants are often overwhelmed by the amount of people leaving the nightclubs therefore this could cause frustration among individuals waiting to be served or for a taxi which could lead to conflicts occurring in the streets with other likewise individuals. This indicates that because the bars and clubs are closing at similar times there’s a high amount of people leaving the premises and waiting for taxis and food at the same time.
Fixed closing times are in some part responsible for particular aspects of drinking styles in British pubs. The amount of drinking increases just prior to leaving, prompted by calls of ‘last orders’. The final drinks are hastily consumed which creates a temporary peak of intoxication. There have been past experiments in pub, bars and nightclubs to eliminate the last call in order to avoid the hasty last minute rounds which many people buy in order to get the most of the time they have left.
The reason for this was mainly due to individuals buying two or more drinks per person at the end of the night and drinking them as fast as they could, this sudden boost of alcohol can lead to sudden intoxication and aggressive behaviour. In other countries around Europe where licensing hours are generally less restricted, there is a steady decline in the rate of drinking prior to leaving. (March and Kibby 1992) It was found that rather than one large group of people leaving at the end of the night customers often tended to leave in small groups throughout the evening, causing fewer problems in the process.