The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon developed the charter in partnership with Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council after survey results revealed that just 3% of people felt safe when out and about at night.
The Safety at Night Charter, which is helping to deliver Making Wiltshire Safer: Police and Crime Plan 2022-25, is not just limited to bars, pubs and restaurants – it is for any organisation, establishment or venue which operates in the evening and night-time economy including cinemas, gyms, theatres, public transport operators, sport venues and more.
Wiltshire PCC Philip Wilkinson said: “As many people will be making use of the night-time economy for Valentine’s Day, I want to thank all the venues and organisations that have pledged to help us create safer nights out for everyone in Wiltshire and Swindon, on Valentine’s Day evening and every other evening of the year.
“By going to a venue or using a service that is participating in the Safety at Night Charter you’ll know that you are in a safe environment with fully-trained staff who take the responsibility of their customers seriously, with fully operational CCTV and other safety initiatives.
“I am committed to providing a better service that meets the needs of the community to ensure these safety standards are met, which is one of the priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan to make Wiltshire safer for those who live, work and visit here.”
If you have a business that operates in the night-time economy, you can still sign up to the Safety at Night Charter. For more information visit: www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-nights and look out for the Safer Nights sticker in venues windows.
Published on Tuesday 14 February 2023