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    Dec 18, 2013

    Ensuring an evening of fun stays that way

    ROWDY partygoers getting into brawls or clubbers getting their handbags nicked can quickly turn an evening of fun into a sour affair.

    But a partnership between the Singapore Police Force and four major nightspots aims to bring down the number of such incidents, by reaching out to staff and clubbers, and nudging them to help prevent crime.

    The Safe Clubbing Campaign, in its third instalment, was launched yesterday, and will target three types of crime common in nightspots: molestation, theft and fighting.

    The four clubs taking part are Mink, St James Power Station, The Butter Factory and Zouk.

    Workshops will be conducted for clubs to share information on how to prevent crime and posters will be put up at the nightspots urging patrons to be careful.

    In the first nine months of the year, 256 cases of rioting, theft and outrage of modesty were reported at Singapore nightspots.

    In the same period last year, there were 258 cases.

    This is despite falling crime rates at nightspots which took part in previous instalments of the campaign.

    Mr Gordon Foo, coordinating director of operations at St James Holdings, said that the number of cases of crime at St James Power Station has dropped by about 35 per cent each year since 2011.

    The number of molestation cases at Zouk has dropped by 60 per cent since 2009, when the campaign was first launched.

    St James Power Station has staff on the lookout for potential troublemakers, who are then relocated to another part of the club, or given a talking to.

    Polytechnic student Wee Wan Ting, 19, who goes clubbing thrice a month, feels that posters may not be effective in preventing a drunk person from committing a crime.

    Instead, she hopes staff can be better trained to "identify potentially dangerous situations", as well as to "provide support to victims".