Alcohol & crime


Two drinks ago you would have walked away smThere is nothing wrong with having a few drinks on a night out, but it is important to remain in control for your own safety and for the safety of others. Drinking too much increases your risk of becoming involved in a crime.

What are we doing about alcohol-related crime?

We know alcohol can be a factor in crime, including:

  • Sexual offences
  • Violent crime
  • Public disorder
  • Drink driving

We are committed to reducing alcohol-related crime, as well as alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. We have a range of measures to help us tackle the problem. 

For example:

  • Police caution
  • Penalty notices
  • Directions to Leave (DTL)
  • Arrest and imprisonment
  • Magistrate's Court exclusion orders
  • Drink Banning Orders (currently in Plymouth, West Cornwall and South Devon) 
  • Three Strikes banning scheme (currently in Exeter and Northern Devon)

What do I do about alcohol-related crime in my area?

If you’re concerned about alcohol-related crime in your area, there are a number of steps that you can take:

What about alcohol-related violence in the home?

Alcohol can also be a factor in domestic violence or abuse. Please go to our section on domestic violence for advice, support and what to do if you are a victim of domestic violence.


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