City scheme slashes crime in nightclubs

Sean Salhab

A 21% fall in overall city centre crime has been accredited by Police to a safety scheme.

Unight’s coordinated safety scheme has seen nightclubs in the capital work together in an effort to reduce crime over the last year.

The scheme states that troublemakers barred from one venue automatically receive a ban from all, stopping anti-social customers from moving to other city centre venues.

Cabaret Voltaire has seen the biggest drop, with a 70% reduction in criminal incidents in the last year. It has also handed out 140 bans overall – an average of almost three per week.
Mike Pickavance from Lothian and Borders Police said: “Unight is a very successful partnership initiative placing the safety of patrons and staff first.
Studio 24 nightclub
Studio 24 nightclub

There has only been one high profile incident with the scheme involving Hibernian footballer Derek Riordan. Riordan was banned from all Unight premises in August after an incident at the city’s Berlin nightclub.

The former Celtic stiker escaped further ban recently after fellow Hibs team mates were caught trying to sneak him into Leith Walk’s Mood nightclub.

Sarah David, owner of Cabaret Voltaire and chairperson of Unight said: “Not only have we created unity and a platform for entertainment venues to voice opinions in an open forum and gain direct answers from police and licensing, but we have also worked hard to further establish Edinburgh as a safe environment for out staff and patrons to enjoy.”

Other clubs involved include many popular city centre regular student nights, such as The Liquid Room, WhyNot?, Studio 24, Shanghai and Lava&Ignite.