Pubwatch has officially arrived in Kirriemuir.
With Kirriemuir the latest to sign up to the initiative designed to enhance the safety of the night time economy for both patrons and staff, Angus now has a Pubwatch scheme operating in all its major towns.
Pubwatch is operated by local licensed premises and, in simple terms, allows staff at separate premises to communicate with one another to deter violence and anti-social behaviour in their respective establishments.
It also provides licensed premises with a direct link to Tayside Police where they can report individuals who are causing problems in the pubs, bars and clubs.
All premises that are part of Pubwatch are easily identified by the posters displayed at their entrances.
There are clear benefits to this close working arrangement as it helps to identify those people who get involved in violent, disruptive criminal or anti-social behaviour with the result that they will be banned from all Pubwatch premises in Kirriemuir.
By acting together the police and their partners in the local night time economy can help to reduce the threat or fear to the majority of those who simply want to enjoy their night out.
Inspector Kenny Hart, Community Safety said:
“Alcohol is a contributory factor in many of the incidents we deal with and Tayside Police fully supports any initiative that aims to reduce criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.
“Pubwatch is led by licensees who seek to provide safe and attractive environments for patrons to drink socially and responsibly.
“It is fantastic to see a Pubwatch established in all major towns in Angus.
“It sends a clear message that alcohol fuelled violence and disorder will not be tolerated in Kirriemuir, or indeed any other town in Angus.”