Bars, pubs and restaurants are believed to be playing their part in helping to reduce alcohol-related crime, according to new research published today.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (ONS) shows that all crimes involving alcohol are falling in every region across the country, while
YouGov poll highlights that the partnership between police, members of the public and operators of businesses selling alcohol is contributing to the improved figures.
Violent crime linked to alcohol has fallen by 32% since 2004, and has almost halved since 1995. There has also been a decline in alcohol-related road traffic accidents, down by 44% since 2000.
Responding to the fall in alcohol-related crime, the public cited better town centre management (40%), a society less tolerant of anti-social behaviour (38%) and more effective partnership working between police, local authorities, communities and businesses (31%) as reasons for the drop in figures.
The police officers surveyed said better town centre management was the leading reason for the reduction in anti-social behaviour (42%), followed by police, local authorities, communities and businesses working together more effectively (41%) and society becoming less tolerant to anti-social behaviour (34%).
"A steady decline in binge-drinking in the last decade, alongside society becoming less tolerant of anti-social behaviour, better town centre management and partnership working between police, councils and licensed premises is creating safer and more vibrant town centres which is great news for local economies."