CARNOUSTIE and Monifieth became members of Pubwatch on Tuesday and in so doing joined several other Angus towns which have successfully established local schemes.
The aim of the initiative is to enhance the safety of the night time economy for both patrons and staff.
Ten licensed premises have already signed up to be part of Carnoustie and Monifieth Pubwatch, with interest being shown from many other premises.
Pubwatch is operated by local licensed premises and, in simple terms, allows staff to communicate with each other to deter violence and anti-social behaviour in their establishments. It also provides licensed premises with a direct link to Tayside Police, where they can discuss 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.
The benefit of this close working is that those who are identified as being involved in violent, disruptive criminal or anti-social behaviour will be banned from all Pubwatch premises in Carnoustie and Monifieth, reducing the threat or fear to the majority who simply want to enjoy their night out.
Inspector Kenny Hart, community safety officer, confirmed that alcohol is a contributory factor in many of the incidents which occur over the weekend and the police have to deal with.
He said: “Tayside Police fully supports any initiative that aims to reduce criminal activity. It is encouraging to see such a large number of licensed premises within the towns taking a pro active approach to ensure the safety of both their patrons and staff.
“The launch of Pubwatch in Carnoustie and Monifieth emphasises alcohol fuelled violence and disorder will not be tolerated in the town and working together will ensure everybody will have a safe and enjoyable night out.”
Local councillor Brian Boyd commented: “As recently elected local independent councillor, I welcome this Pubwatch initiative to Carnoustie following implementation in some other areas in Angus.
“I am confident that all our local licensed premises will speak with each to deter violence and anti-social behaviour within their premises, in other premises and therefore throughout our town.
“I have spoken with the new Chief Superintendent, Kevin Lynch, and he assures me that the police will now be visiting the pubs on a regular basis making Carnoustie even safer than it is at present.”
He concluded: “It’s encouraging to see so many becoming involved supporting responsible drinking and ensuring Carnoustie is a great place to have a safe night out.”