Sunday, 18 May 2008

Alcohol 'Curfew' Pilot Proves Successful

Armadale, West Lothian was the first town in Scotland to ban selling alcohol to under 21s from 5pm on weekends from off-licences. The six-week pilot scheme was hailed as a success seeing a 57% drop in assaults, 54% fall in vandalism and a 55% drop in anti-social behaviour.
Read more here.

A very interesting scheme. It is worth asking why every local authority does not conduct this pilot? The immediate drop in crime looks too effective! Even if this scheme provides a short-term effect at least it would serve as a short-term measure prior to getting more police onto the streets.

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