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Fake ID Scanners Join Breathalysers in Campaign To 'Improve The Safety of Scarborough’s Night Life'

Earlier this week, we reported on how breathalysers were being trialed in Scarborough, to help door staff at some of the resorts most popular bars make a more informed decision about whether individuals should be allowed entry.

Starting tonight door staff at Bar 2B, The Barbican, Blue Lounge, Bar Hush, Quids Inn and Vivas will now be checking ID's too with special high-tec scanners designed to spot fake documents.

Just like the 'Alcoblow' breathalysers, the ID scanners part of new initiatives aimed at tackling alcohol-related issues in the town following the council’s successful bid to secure Local Alcohol Action Area status for the area.

Over the next 6 months the scanners will be deployed at Bar 2B, The Barbican, Blue Lounge, Bar Hush, Quids Inn and Vivas. Door staff will simply scan the IDs using the scanners and will see a cross on a the screen of the device if the ID is fake.

As well as spotting fake IDs the machines will also detect that the person with the ID is the legitimate holder, alert staff if the same ID is used twice by different people and  prevent those previously barred from gaining entry to premises they are banned from.

As with the 'Alcoblow' breathalysers, new scanners have been funded by the Safer Communities Partnership and have been welcomed by licensees taking part in the trail. They say it will help them detect fake IDs, prevent under-age drinking, enforce pub bans and make their premises safer for the majority of customers.

Following an initial one month grace period the scanners will be compulsory for anyone who looks under 30 if they want to get into the premises. The scanners will accept several different forms of ID include driver’s licence, passport, or nationally-recognised proof of age card and are operated under strict data protection legislation.

Alongside the scanners will be fingerprint recognition software, which will mean returning customers will only need to have their age verified the first time they visit a premises if they give permission for their fingerprints to be scanned.

Lee Knaggs, Designated Supervisor from Barbican, said:

“It’s good to see the police and council working together with licensees to improve the safety and enjoyment of the Scarborough night life. The scanners are commonplace in a growing number of big towns and cities in the UK and the evidence suggests they are an effective tool to help tackle under-age drinking and disorder and help keep people safe."

“Door staff will be able to tell instantly if a person is using a fake ID or if someone has been ejected from other premises earlier on in the night for causing trouble and whether someone has been banned from licensed premises as part of the Pub Watch scheme, bail conditions or an ASBO."

“The information may also be used by police if they’re investigating an incident, which, importantly for victims of crime, makes it more likely an offender will be brought to justice.”

The scheme supports Scarborough Borough Council’s licensing objectives and as well as improving the safety of Scarborough’s night life, it is intended to improve the night time economy of the town.
Fake ID Scanners Join Breathalysers in Campaign To 'Improve The Safety of Scarborough’s Night Life' Reviewed by Editor on 12:48:00 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Oh dear. It will all end in tears come the winter months.....


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