Drop in violence at club

Off the list: Mounties has been removed from the state's violent venues list.
Off the list: Mounties has been removed from the state's violent venues list.

MOUNTIES has been removed from the list of the state's most violent venues after a fall in the number of violent incidents at the Mount Pritchard premises.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data showed that the club's assault rates fell by 25 per cent to nine incidents during the past year.

Any club with 12 or more incidents during the year remained on the category two list. Mounties general manager Darren Marino said Mounties took the step last year of introducing a stricter evening dress code and installed an identity management system to identify and manage problem behaviour.

"Together with existing measures of limiting alcohol sales after midnight, extensive security coverage in and outside the venue, and the use of polycarbonate glassware, Mounties believes its proactive approach is making a difference," he said.

"And while the club will always strive towards its goal of zero-tolerance to anti-social behaviour, we understand this is a significant challenge when more than 30,000 people pass through our doors each month, and not all share the same values for respect and co-operation."

Hospitality Minister George Souris said the general fall in the number of incidents showed the crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence was delivering results.

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