This study examined the use of patron ID scanners as a way to reduce violence in and around licensed venues.
This study by the Australian Institute of Criminology examined the use of patron ID scanners as a way to reduce violence in and around licensed venues. Highlights of the study's findings include the following: survey respondents found patron ID scanners to be effective at changing patron behavior at high-risk venues; the ID scanners accurately identified people with a recorded history of disorderly conduct, ensuring patron bans could be readily enforced; and both scanner users and system suppliers indicated that the ID scanners were a one-time expense involving minimal financial outlay that was easy to install, maintain, and upgrade. This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of patron ID scanners as a way to reduce violence in and around licensed venues in the central business district in Geelong, Victoria in Australia. Data for the study were obtained using a mixed method approach implemented in three phases: 1) analysis of local, national, and international media coverage, legal developments, and government reports concerning the use of ID scanners; 2) interviews with key stakeholders involved in Liquor Accord discussions; and 3) site visits at licensed venues to conduct interviews with patron awaiting entry or already inside the venue. The researchers also analyzed police statistics documenting alcohol-related assaults in the Geelong Local Government Area. Analysis of the study's findings indicate limited support for claims that use of the ID scanners has resulted in a decrease in the number of alcohol-related assaults in and around licensed venues in Geelong. Limitations on the use of this technology are discussed as are key issues that need to be considered before the use of this technology can be expanded. Table, figures, notes, and references
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Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 466, December 2013