Safety action projects


The change model is based on prior experience with community interventions, the theory of situational crime prevention, and the theory of responsive regulation.The objectives of the Safety Action projects were to reduce violence in and around licensed venues.Main characteristics included:

  • Understanding the local economy, nighttime economy, industry cimate and regulatory systems;
  • Developing local partnerships oriented to evidence;
  • Incorporating Safer Bars training and risk assessments universally;
  • Experimenting with targeted enforcement using Last Drinks data;
  • Building community coalitions/action groups suitable to local conditions; and
  • Building sustainability mechanisms in from the outset.

The project was associated with a reduction in aggressive and violent incidents and a decline in physical assaults but conclusions concerning direct causality cannot be drawn. The last study could not report about causalities, but the new study will have more information and results on the effectiveness of this program.