Perspectives on the effectiveness of the late night liquor trading lockout legislative provision

Palk, Gavan R., Davey, Jeremy D., & Freeman, James E. (2008) Perspectives on the effectiveness of the late night liquor trading lockout legislative provision. In Stockholm Criminology Symposium, 16-18 June 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.


Purpose – A quantitative and qualitative investigation into the impact of a lockout policy on levels of alcohol-related offences in and around licensed premises in a major Australian region. Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative analysis was initially employed to examine the incidents in and around late night liquor trading premises that required police attendance. First response operational police (n= 280) recorded all alcohol and non alcohol-related incidents onto modified police activity logs before and after the lockout policy was introduced (Gold Coast n = 12,801, Brisbane/Fortitude Valley n = 9,117). Secondly, a qualitative analysis approach was adopted to explore the perceptions of key personal among the various stakeholders (e.g., Hotel Owners, Security Staff & Taxi Drivers) involved with, or affected by the lockout policy (n = 24). Findings – 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 for some policing areas and offences. The qualitative analysis revealed that while Hotel and Nightclubs Owners/Operators were initially opposed to the lockout policy they now report some benefits. Some of the benefits include, improved patron safety and the development of better business strategies to increase patron numbers. Originality/value - The findings of the study provide supportive evidence that this novel problem oriented policing lockout initiative can be beneficial for public safety and in reducing some types of offences in particular areas in and around late night liquor trading premises.

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ID Code: 13897
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: problem oriented policing, lockout policy, preventing violence, alcohol
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:00

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