What is the Isle of Wight Pubwatch?
The Isle of Wight Pubwatch scheme is a local network for the island that has been set up to support licensed premises.
Pubwatch is a voluntary organization and its aim is to help reduce alcohol-related crime. This will ultimately achieve a safer drinking environment, benefiting both licensee and customer.
The Pubwatch scheme is a strong partnership when licensees unify; as an independent "Pubwatch" group they can preempt crime and anti-social behaviour in licensed premises.
The Pubwatch network is supported by the Isle of Wight Police Licensing Unit and is made up of its various members from across all areas of Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Cowes, and Ventnor. Licensees, who are members of Pubwatch, regularly meet and discuss issues relating to social responsibility, the safety of it's regular customers and visitors to the area.
It is the aim of Pubwatch to create an enviroment whereby all businesses in the local towns can benefit and prosper by reducing alcohol-related problems.
The PubWatch organization works closely with local authorities and intends to maintain a safe and secure social environment for customers and staff.
Although the Hampshire Constabulary does not run or interfere with Pubwatch, it does provide full support with regard to advice for licensees, public safety campaigns and alcohol awareness initiatives.
If you would like further information, please visit the National Pubwatch website which can be found at http://www.nationalpubwatch.org.uk/