Published: 15 October 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. Good evening. It is my pleasure to join you for the second iteration of the Smart Clubbing Campaign.
2. I am heartened to see the major stakeholders from the public entertainment industry gathering here today to pledge their support to make the clubbing scene a safer one.
Recap on last inaugural Smart Clubbing Campaign
3. The Police, in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council, launched the inaugural Smart Clubbing Campaign last year to tackle the increase in crimes such as Outrage of Modesty, theft and violent crimes happening at public entertainment (PE) nightspots.
4. The focus was on how party-goers, as individuals, can take basic precautions to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crimes while partying.
5. Based on a period-to-period comparison for the first 8 months of 2018 and 2019, the Police have seen:
6. However, we should not rest on our laurels in our fight against crimes happening at PE nightspots.
7. Rioting, affray and serious hurt have increased by about 55%, from 36 to 56 cases.
8. This is about one case every week. Clearly, there is scope for us to work together to do more.
Partnership with the Industry and PE nightspots
9. This year, the focus for Police and NCPC is to work together with the public entertainment industry to promote a safer and more secure clubbing environment for party-goers.
10. This is not limited to preventing crime, but also to enhance the PE nightspots’ security processes to counter the continued threat of terrorism.
11. The regional terrorist threat remains high. Terrorist attacks have evolved over the years and such attacks can happen anywhere. Crowded places are attractive targets for terrorists with the aim of maximizing damage.
12. Take for instance, the 2017 Manchester attack during Ariana Grande’s concert where a suicide bomber detonated a powerful home-made explosive that left many concert-goers injured and 22 killed.
13. In another incident in London in 2017, the attack took the form of a stabbing rampage where terrorists attacked people in Borough Market area, killing eight and injuring many others before they were taken down by the police.
Formation of PE iSSWG
14. Crime and terrorism are multi-faceted, and cannot be contained by Police efforts alone. The Police have thus partnered with public entertainment stakeholders like yourselves, to form the Public Entertainment Industry Safety and Security Watch Group or PE iSSWG, in short.
15. The PE iSSWG aims to strengthen the ties between the Police and public entertainment industry stakeholders in a sustainable way, and work closely together to implement crime prevention and counter terrorism measures.
16. There are two key thrusts to the formation of the PE iSSWG.
Community Partnership Awards
17. Today, we will be giving out Community Partnership Awards to 21 PE nightspots and 4 associated partners who have pledged their commitment in this PE iSSWG set-up.
18. I would like to highlight a few examples to illustrate how the award recipients have been supporting and taking charge of their own security.
19. I believe these measures benefit not only the patrons, but also enhance the image, reputation and business of the local nightlife industry.
20. I hope these best practices will gradually be adopted by all PE nightspots in time to come.
21. To conclude, I encourage the newly formed PE iSSWG to share best practices in crime prevention and counter terrorism, so as to make the clubbing scene not only a safer and more secure one, but also more vibrant .
22. Thank you.