According to a YouGov survey, three out of four adults are calling for improved safety procedures in bars, pubs, and nightclubs following the recent news in the U.K. around the safety of women and girls. 

With safety defined as ‘where efforts have been made to prevent crime, reduce harm and where staff will support you if you are feeling vulnerable,’ 5,050 adults in England aged 18-45 were asked whether they agreed with the statement that ‘recent publicity around the safety of women and girls has made it more important for licensed premises to improve their safety procedures.’ 

A total of 79% of adults said they want safety improvements in nightclubs. In comparison, 76% want improvements in bars and clubs — the call for safety improvements extended to other licensed premises included in the survey. Between 52-65% of adults want improvements in stadiums, arenas, hotels, guest houses, restaurants, theatres, and sports and social clubs. 

Across all licensed premises, the support for improved safety in venues is greatest amongst women. In nightclubs, 83% of women want improved safety compared to 75% of men. In bars and clubs, the percentage point difference is more significant, with 81% of women wanting safety improvements compared to 70% of men. In restaurants, 64% of women want safety improvements – 14 percentage points ahead of men. 

The YouGov survey of adults, who would visit at least one licensed premises in six months, was carried out between 16 August – 5 September. 

 It also found that adults feel significantly less safe in licensed premises now than they did before the first national lockdown in March 2020. The fall in feeling safe is consistent across all licensed premises in the survey but is largest in nightclubs – down from 81% pre-pandemic to 48% today and bars and clubs from 93% to 64%. The YouGov research also found that a police safety award may benefit all the different types of licensed premises to some extent, with 25% of adults reporting being more likely to visit bars and pubs that had received the award. The figures for nightclubs (24%) and stadiums and arenas (19%) are also noteworthy, given that the award is still in its nascent stages. Once again, these numbers are largely highest among women, at 28%, 27%, and 22%, respectively. 

Of those who deem the award important when it comes to the safety features appreciated in licensed venues, up to 50% say they would therefore be more likely to visit a bar or pub that had received a police award – and 42% of the same group would be more likely to visit a nightclub and 38% a stadium or arena. Even amongst those who deem the award unimportant, 12-16% would be more likely to visit stadiums and arenas, bars and pubs, and nightclubs if they were to be granted the award. 

The survey was commissioned by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), a police-owned organization, which works alongside the Police Service to deter and reduce crime.