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"Get Home Safe" Campaign

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many alcohol-related incidents the Police Service of Northern Ireland dealt with in South Belfast in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and what impact the "Get Home Safe" Campaign has had. [103342]

The statistics requested are not available as the PSNI does not maintain crime statistics on an alcohol related basis.The "Get Home Safe" campaign has had a number of significant impacts namely:

The number of assaults was 535 compared to 654 for the same period in 2001—a decrease of 19.2 per cent.
The number of serious assaults was 158 compared to 236 for the same period in 2001—a decrease of 33 per cent.
Alcohol consumption was an element in 75 per cent. of all reported assaults
87 per cent. of the target group for the advertising campaign recalled some aspect of the campaign
40 per cent. of the target group claimed they had changed their behaviour arising from the campaign
Sexual assaults were reduced by 40 per cent.
Three new CCTV cameras provided by private sector funding
Almost 200 per cent. rise in the number of people reported for prosecution for disorderly behaviour (rather than a caution)
All illegal street traders removed, leading to significant reduction in disorderly incidents.