The environment in and around a licensed venue may impact on venue safety. Lighting levels set to create ambience and character should not compromise the safety of patrons and staff.
The provision of adequately lit, well-appointed and maintained facilities is a way of :
- encouraging good patron behaviour
- deterring unnecessary and unwanted incidents
- becoming more efficient in the use of security resources
Lighting should be complementary to CCTV coverage and should not adversely impact on its efficient operation. Modify the layout of any part of the venue not conducive to normal surveillance. Develop a maintenance program that addresses issues in and around the venue that are problematic to a safe environment. Conduct a periodical safety audit that includes premises layout, facilities and maintenance.
It is important that lighting throughout a licensed venue should be sufficient at all times for accurate observation and assessment of levels of intoxication. It is also helpful in observing patron activities and interaction with staff.