It’s now safer to party the night away in the Netherlands
According to data compiled by Dutch daily de Volkskrant, the number of violent cases in bars and clubs sank last year. This is the third year in a row that the number of bar brawl reports dropped in the country.
The total reports police received was 5,862. In 2010, the figure was at 7,500. A spokesperson for the police said the drop was due to better co-ordination among the police, local government and hospitality establishments.
One method that has helped lower the number of violence in bars is the installation of a special nightlife alarm number in establishments in cities with a history of night time trouble. The hotline allows police to respond to incidents more quickly.
Another method adapted by bars and cafés is to apply stricter door rules that boot away potential customers who have already had too much to drink.