One of Sydney’s hot-spots for violence has recorded another big drop in incidents, after more than seven years “continuous improvement” by stakeholders.

As the punitive licensing conditions befalling Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross come further into question, the beachside suburb of Manly stood to see an unwanted backwash from the early closing city venues.

Dollarphotoclub_77975553_punch in face on beach_small_LRYet recent Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures show assault rates in licensed premises in the once notorious party district have dropped 32.4 per cent in the two years to September, 2014, and 34.4 per cent in neighbouring Warringah.

“It did cross our minds there may have been displacement from the city when lockouts were introduced. That just hasn’t happened,” said Northern Beaches Local Area Commander, Superintendent David Darcy.

“What has happened is improvements in amenity and safety have continued for the past seven years.

“The contribution of licensees and managers to this great result can’t be underestimated. It’s been a team game of police, licensees and council, and it’s worked.”

The results echo the massive downward trend seen around the State, with an average 37.4 per cent drop in violent crimes since 2008, and figures of 50 to 60 per cent in some of Sydney’s worst areas such as Penrith, Parramatta and Bankstown.

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John Green, AHA NSW

“These results show that when hoteliers work with police, councils and the community at the local level, real solutions can be developed that achieve positive outcomes,” said John Green, AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing.

“All too often, the actions of a minority of idiots spoil a night out for everyone. The Liquor Accord’s ongoing commitment to working together means that doesn’t happen here.”

“The sustained reductions in Manly demonstrate that great results can be achieved at the local level, without legislated measures being imposed.”

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