Monthly Archives: June 2014
Nightlife in the UK is big business. Clubs and late-night bars are popular haunts for young adults, and students in particular. While the rest of the country sleeps, there is a whole other buzzing culture going on in the background.
According to a recent report by the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA), this night-time economy is worth around 65 billion pounds to the UK economy and generates approximately 6% of the country’s gross domestic product. There is a huge swathe of society which is happy to spend its disposable income on the excitement of city night life, and in fact the sector provides jobs for around 1.3 million people.
Nightclubs have long been viewed as a seedy magnet for crime, in particular drink-fuelled violence and the drug trade. But in fact, major club chain Luminar has reported that around 90% of criminal incidents on its premises are now mobile phone thefts rather than anything more sinister.
Of course, this is not to trivialise the effect of mobile phone theft on the individual. Messages, work-related data and treasured pictures can all be lost. But when the nastier side of night club crime rears its ugly head, the impact can be far more distressing. The drug trade is still an issue in some establishments, and the potential ramifications of this can sometimes be fatal.
Another issue to be aware of is the potential for (usually) young women to have their drinks “spiked” with either drugs or stronger alcohol, sometimes with devastating effects. The motives for such an action are never innocent and can sometimes lead to women being sexually assaulted. The general advice is to make sure that you never leave your drink unattended, and if you need to leave the area, ensure that you leave a trusted friend in charge of your drink.
Over-indulgence in alcohol can obviously sometimes cause problems in such an environment. The combination of young people, loud music and too many drinks can sometimes lead to violent incidents.
How Can Nightclubs Combat Crime?
Obviously, club owners are keen to keep their businesses on the right side of the law so that patrons feel comfortable and secure. One of the most effective ways to do this is to employ specially trained security guards, or “bouncers”. A good bouncer will have a talent for defusing potentially explosive situations and will be on the lookout all the time for under-age drinkers, vulnerable customers who need keeping an eye on and anyone on the premises who seems to be acting in a suspicious manner. Cuffgroup can provide security guards in Dublin as well as most other areas.
Nightlife can be exciting, enjoyable and a great way for the young, free and single to spend their spare time and cash. But the most important thing to remember is to stay safe whilst indulging, and happily the majority of UK establishments are doing their best to provide an environment where this is possible.