Published: 22 August 2017 by Steve Burnett
In light of the recent ‘severe risk’ status and terrorist attacks in the UK, most, if not all operators of licenced premises are keen to do all they can to ensure that their customers, staff, innocent people and property are protected. Although absolute security is impossible, there are some things that operators of licensed venues can do to reduce the risk of damage, injury or even death.
The majority of premises licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act), will include in the operating schedule, measures which will promote the prevention of crime and disorder. Compliance with licence conditions is obligatory as breaches can result in a Review of the Premises Licence under section 51 or prosecutions under section 136 of the Act.
Below are a few pointers to how the risk of violence at a licensed premises can be reduced.
Make sure that all security equipment is regularly checked and updated. There is no point in having, for example, a first aid kit lacking in essentials.
If there are any uncertainties, take the option of seeking advice from experts or from the Police.
A recent and very helpful Government publication, ‘Prevention of terrorism in Crowded Places Guidance’ can be found on the Government’s website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance. This advises on security in the night time economy, at cinemas, theatres, stadia and arenas, hotels, restaurants and at major events.
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