Alcohol Related Crime
The links between alcohol and crimes such as anti-social
behaviour, assault and robbery are well known. Recent crime
statistics show that:
- More than a million crimes and 1.2
million hospital admissions were linked to alcohol last
- There was a 25% increase in the number of
people admitted to hospital for reasons caused by drinking.
- Overall, alcohol-related harm is estimated to cost society
- The levels of binge drinking among 15-16 year olds in the UK
compare poorly with many other European
Alcohol-related crime and disorder has a major
impact on the quality of life for many people. Cheshire
Police is aiming to tackle this type of behaviour
with the ArcAngel approach.
What is ArcAngel?
ArcAngel is the joint approach to tackling alcohol-related crime
between Cheshire Police and a range of other agencies, including
local councils, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and NHS
The brand name is derived from the acronym ARC – Alcohol-Related
Crime and “Angels” who historically are strong cultural icons.
The brand represents a standards based approach
adopted by all agencies working in partnership with the licensed
trade to target the problem of alcohol-related
crime and disorder as well as underage drinking and
Since its launch in 2009, the ArcAngel logo has become a
familiar sight in bars and licensed premises across the county.
We use a range of strategies and powers to deal with
alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
The ArcAngel approach aims to:
- encourage responsible drinking, discourage binge drinking and
drinking in public places
- target hotspot locations and prolific and persistent offenders
of alcohol-related violent crime
- help reduce the number of incidents of alcohol-related serious
woundings, common assaults and Accident and Emergency
- improve the care and support for victims and witnesses of
alcohol-related violent crime
- help people feel safer during a night out
- raise public awareness of the issues of alcohol-related
violence and disorder and the penalties that will be imposed
We want to achieve this by bringing together communities, young
people, retailers involved in the sale of alcohol, and other key
partners to discourage irresponsible drinking and drinking in
ArcAngel aims to protect communities and
raise the standards of acceptable behaviour. This
means that as well as having a no tolerance attitude to alcohol
fuelled behaviour we're getting pubs, clubs and off licences to
sign up to delivering a drinking environment that will
stamp out underage drinking and discourage
binge drinking so that you'll have a night out to remember
- for the right reasons.
You'll notice the ArcAngel logo appearing in local pubs and off
licences as the word spreads and you might have already heard about
an ArcAngel launch through your local media.
ArcAngel Code of conduct
Many venues throughout Cheshire now have ArcAngel Accreditation
which means, they follow the codes of practice to try to combat
alcohol-related crime (including the sale of alcohol to people who
are underage). Visit the Codes of
conduct page for more information.
As a licensee, having a reputation for alcohol-related crime in
your establishment isn’t good for business. By becoming a part of
the ArcAngel scheme and adhering to the high standards it promotes
you are making a positive step towards
improving the service you provide, changing how
the community perceives your business and improve your customer’s
satisfaction. You will also benefit from:
- A closer working relationship and support of the partners
throughout the scheme.
- Promotion of standards and premises by partnerships in joint
- A reassuring environment for you and your staff as part of the
- Enhanced training on licensing laws.
- Standards of behaviour set for customers.
Customers and the community
As a customer or member of your community you are entitled to
enjoy a night out without any problems. The ArcAngel approach not
only encourages a lively night-time economy with high standards of
behaviour but also provides:
- Reassurance that statutory authorities and licensed trade are
working together to improve safety both on the streets and in the
- A safer environment as a result of the enforced standards.
- A clear understanding of what is acceptable behaviour on behalf
of those visiting licensed premises.
If you think your local area could benefit from adopting the
ArcAngel standards-based approach, you can fnd out more
by contacting the Cheshire Police Communities Unit