Clubbers in Brighton & Hove are being encouraged to leave not only the cigarettes at home but their handbags as well. Police are pressing for a ban on handbags and coats being taken into some of the city’s largest nightclubs.
The Honeyclub initiated the concept of an outright ban on handbags last August and the results were impressive. Theft of mobiles phones and personal belongings during the ban were cut to near zero within that venue. Facilities were provided for bags to be left in a cloakroom for the duration of the evening and were returned intact.
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Banning handbags forces people to bring only the absolute essentials, which they then have to carry in pockets so making then more difficult to steal than an abandoned handbag.
And as we approach July and the introduction of the Government’s new smoke-free legislation there will be a little bit less for people to carry into the nightclubs.
The next challenge for the clubs will be to figure out a way to identify under-aged drinkers that doesn’t require them to carry passports with them as this is proving to be a mechanism for fuelling the growing problem of identity theft.
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