Assaults linked to pubs, clubs

A CRIME statistics report has identified the close link between public assaults and licensed premises in NSW.

An assessment of altercations reported to police in Sydney in 2008 has supported the concerns of Neighbourhood Watch and safety groups that there’s a close correlation between pubs and clubs and violence.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research study has been conducted by Melissa Burgess and Steve Moffatt.

It found that more than 5500 reported assaults happened within a 200-metre radius of hotels, nightclubs, bars, clubs and other licensed premises. Thirty-seven per cent of incidents happened within the 20-metre buffer zones around metropolitan venues.

That rose to 56.8% within 50 metres, 74.9% within 100 metres and 92.8% occurred within 200 metres of licensed premises.

“Expanding the buffer zone from 50 to 100 metres and then 200 metres, the size of the increase in assaults is more commensurate with the increase in land area,” the report found. That suggests that assaults are more densely clustered near licensed premises than further away.

“It could be argued that the pattern is not unique to licensed premises and that larger numbers of assaults would be found next to any commercial premises where people congregate.

“However, assaults were more concentrated around the licensed premises than other forms of commercial premises.”

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