Liverpool: officially a safe city and a good night out
per cent of people say that Liverpool is a good night out – and most people
feel safe whilst they’re enjoying themselves, a survey has revealed.
Liverpool’s Citysafe Community Safety Partnership undertook the first
Perceptions of Liverpool’s Night Time Economy survey since 2011 and found
overwhelmingly that people who come into the city centre feel safe. And figures
have largely remained stable and also improved in some areas in the seven years
since the last survey.
The survey was
conducted yearly from 2003, but limited budgets meant that funding was
committed to other Citysafe projects, however this year it was agreed by the
Citysafe Board to run the survey again.
From March to
May this year, face-to-face interviews were carried out in the city centre,
including Mathew Street, Bold Street, Concert Square, and the Baltic Triangle,
and saw the biggest ever sample of people involved (456).
During the day,
98 per cent of people in the city centre feel very or fairly safe (2011: 98 per
cent), and from 6-10pm, 92 per cent feel very or fairly safe (2011: 84 per
classed as night time, 60 per cent of people still felt very or fairly safe,
with only 17 per cent feeling fairly or very unsafe (13 per cent felt neither
safe nor unsafe). (2011: 65 per cent safe, 15 per cent unsafe.)
findings from the report include:
per cent of people said that they did not think that any improvements were
needed in the city centre.
choosing to use public transport, 93 per cent of people feel safe.
quarters of people felt very or fairly safe when waiting at a city centre taxi
said that people being drunk in the street makes them feel least safe when
greater police presence and less drunken behaviour in public places were felt
to be the two factors that would improve safety.
media and social media were found to have little effect on people’s perception
to city-centre crime. Personal experience and word-of-mouth information from
others had the greatest effect (35 and 31 per cent respectively).
people see police or door staff using knife arches or wands they tend to feel
findings indicate that innovative projects in the city are having a positive
effect, and that the partnership is focusing on the right areas. Reducing
drunken behaviour is already being tackled by the partnership’s Drink Less, Enjoy More campaign,
that has been engaging licensed premises and the public around the responsibilities
of not serving people who have already drunk too much.
In May 2013,
Liverpool John Moores University measured sales of alcohol to excessively drunk
people in three UK cities, including Liverpool, which showed that 84 per cent
of people were served. This February, an evaluation in Liverpool showed that
this had fallen to 25.7 per cent.
also said they want more police, better street lighting and increased CCTV
coverage. Since the survey was conducted the number of police in the city
centre on Friday and Saturday nights has been increased, leading to more
arrests and a less violence. Llighting has been improved within the Ropewalks
areas and a programme of installing new CCTV cameras and improving existing
ones has been started.
Liverpool has also retained its Purple Flag status that shows people that they will able to have a safe and enjoyable night out.
Parsons, cabinet member for communities and partnerships: “Liverpool has a lively and thriving
night time economy and we want to continue to make sure that both the people
who live here and the thousands of visitors who come into the city centre are
confident that they will have a great time.
“We were very
pleased that the findings of the latest survey compared favourably with those
from 2011, particularly as more people took part this year. We are also pleased
that areas that people identified as needing improvement had already been
identified by the Citysafe Partnership. We were confident that we were already
moving in the right direction and the people who matter have now confirmed
“We’d also like
to say a massive thank you to all the people who agreed to answer our questions
– we really appreciate that you let us interrupt your evening out! Your
opinions really matter to us and we will be using them to make Liverpool an
even better place to enjoy a night out.”
Inspector Andy Creer, of Merseyside Police, said: “Merseyside Police is absolutely
committed to ensuring that Liverpool city centre remains a safe place for
people to live, work and visit and the latest survey results show this is the
“Last month we
launched Operation Target which aims to tackle serious and violent crime across
Merseyside and as part of that we have been given additional funding to put
more dedicated officers on the frontline – including in our night time economy
areas and high visibility patrols. It also means we are able to invest in more
technology such as knife arches, gloves and wands, which we know from public
feedback help people feel more reassured when they are out and about in the
continue to work with our partners and local businesses to keep the city safe
and support successful initiatives such as the ‘Drink Less Enjoy More’ campaign
which aims to reduce drunkenness in the city centre.”