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11 July 2014

Rates of crime in the Adelaide CBD continue to fall in the nine months since the introduction of the State Government’s Late Night Code.

The statistics show that between 1 October 2013 and 30 June 2014 there was a 20.6 per cent drop in offences against good order, a 10.1 per cent drop in offences against the person and
13.5 per cent drop in violent assaults when compared to the corresponding period of 2012/13.

Acting Premier John Rau said latest statistics released today show the Code is working.

“These latest figures show a strong pattern of reduction in crimes being committed in the city,” he said.

“We’ve seen a reduction across the board in reportable offences.

“What this means is the first few months were not a fluke. The Code has changed the way people behave when they are out.”

Mr Rau said this is a good result for venues and patrons.

“We want people to enjoy a night out in the city and not have to worry about drunken louts and alcohol fuelled violence,” he said.

“Earlier this year the validity of the Code was upheld in a Supreme Court challenge bought by Hindley Street traders.

“This latest release of statistics shows consistently good results and it’s time for all traders to get behind these reforms.”

Minister for Business Services and Consumers Gail Gago said the Government had committed to reviewing the Code after the first 12 months.

“The review will look at all aspects of the Code and identify any areas that could be strengthened or improved,” she said.

“I am extremely pleased with how the Code is working to reduce violence but, like any new program, a review will be undertaken to see if further improvements can be made.

“The Code has made the city a safer place for a night out, and we will continue to do all we can to make our streets safe.”