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The impact of a lockout policy on levels of alcohol-related incidents in and around licensed premises

Palk, Gavan R., Davey, Jeremy D., & Freeman, James E. (2010) The impact of a lockout policy on levels of alcohol-related incidents in and around licensed premises. Police Practice and Research, 11(1), pp. 5-15.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the impact of a lockout policy on levels of alcohol-related offences in and around licensed premises. The lockout policy prevents patrons from entering or re-entering late night trading licensed premises for a specific period prior to closure. A modified police activity log was utilised by all first response operational police to record their attendance at incidents in and around licensed premises. Chi-square analyses of the prevalence of incidents before and after implementation of the lockout policy demonstrated that the number of alcohol-related offences requiring police attention was significantly proportionally lower following the liquor trading changes. Alcohol-related offences, particularly those related to disturbances and sexual offences were significantly reduced following the introduction of the lockout policy. However, while offences related to property, stealing and assault experienced a reduced trend, these did not reach significance. In contrast, traffic offence rates were unchanged. The findings of the study provide supportive evidence that lockout initiatives have potential as a major crime prevention technique to reduce specific types of alcohol-related offences.

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ID Code: 12918
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: First published on line in iFirst publications on 23 March 2009 and in hard copy of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.5-15.
Keywords: alcohol, related incidents, lockout policy, licensed premises, preventing alcohol, related violence
DOI: 10.1080/15614260802586392
ISSN: 1561-4263
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:04

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