It is important that where schemes are successful in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in a designated area, local people feel safer as a result.
Retailers, police and other partners communicate agreed messages using a united and consistent approach e.g. Challenge 25 posters and promotion of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS)
Surveys of local people carried out prior to and after the pilot phase are a good way to gauge any changes in public opinion.
The local newspaper and other local media will often be invited to act as a CAP media partner so that positive stories regarding the confiscation of alcohol or a reduction in reported crime, for example, are reported.
All CAP schemes are encouraged to make full use of the tools within the Login Area which provide suggested ways of recording and communicating any changes in public perception.
To mark eight extraordinary years of progress, in which 88 Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) schemes have been launched across the UK, CAP has published a report, Progress through Partnerships: Creating Safer Communities.
It shows outstanding positive impacts on crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, residents’ feelings of safety and underage/proxy purchasing – changes that improve the quality of life for the public and reduce harm to young people.
“Being part of the CAP has brought recognition from the community that we are trying to stop underage drinking. We have also seen a significant decline in attempted under age- purchases and litter has significantly dropped around our premises. I believe that the Midsomer Norton CAP is led with a passion that I have not seen before in a local venture.“
Store Manager Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
CAP encourages local partnership working to tackle underage alcohol misuse and associated anti social behaviour. CAP is unique in that it recognises that retail is part of the solution and has been shown to be more effective than enforcement alone.
If there is a CAP scheme in your area, we can put you in touch with the local project co-ordinator, who will explain how to get involved. If there is no CAP in your area but you would like to talk about setting up a CAP, the CAP team will be able to give help and advice.