In June 2016, Dorset Police launched a new campaign to reduce alcohol related crime in Weymouth town centre.
The scheme called “RU2Drunk” provided 29 local clubs, bars and pubs with breathalysers so that they could set an alcohol limit which enabled the establishments to refuse entry to people who supplied a reading which exceeded their set limit.
Use of the breathalysers also benefited door staff as they were able to use the readings that exceeded the limits as well as their own judgment to refuse entry.
Results of the scheme came in yesterday which showed that in December, one of Weymouth’s busiest periods in their night time economy, violent crime had been reduced by 15% compared to the figures for 2015.
Pete Browning, Weymouth’s Neighbourhood Inspector said:
We are obviously pleased to see that the number of violent crimes in the town is down.
“However, it is difficult to establish a specific link between this data and the RU2Drunk initiative, particularly given the minimal changes in crime statistics from September to November. We will therefore be treating the scheme as one factor, along with our own safety campaigns and support from local media, contributing to the decline.”
The project was funded jointly, by Weymouth Business Improvement District and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “Reducing the number of people seriously harmed in Dorset is one of the priorities I have committed to focus on. This includes protecting visitors to our night-time economies.
“While the pilot of the RU2Drunk scheme did not produce the level of positive outcomes we were hoping for, it has allowed us to identify some areas that need attention in order to ensure Weymouth is a safe place to live and visit.”