Violent crime in Gloucester falls again
Violent crime at night in Gloucester has dropped for the second year running.
The fall from 90 violent incidents in December 2009 to just 36 in 2012 has been welcomed by nighttime economy representatives.
But there are also fears that the fall is actually because fewer people are partying in the city.
PC Mark Mansfield said: "The violent crime figures are unbelievably low. To see this level is good news."
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But police saw an increase in domestic violence cases over the New Year as more people opted for partying at home.
It comes despite a survey of clubbers by the Safer Gloucester partnership finding that 71 per cent felt safe.
Just six per cent felt 'very unsafe'.
Pat Dabbs, community safety officer at Gloucester City Council, said: "Most people felt that by ensuring they remained with their friends they would be safer, but clubbers also felt they would be safer if they drank less.
"At least this indicates revellers are aware that excessive alcohol consumption impacts on their personal safety."
The findings were revealed at Safer Gloucester's Nightsafe meeting on Tuesday.
The group are now hoping to gather feedback from revellers elsewhere to find out why they don't come to Gloucester.
Surveys will be handed out in taxis heading to Cheltenham and on night buses heading back to Gloucester.
A team will also be dispatched to pubs in Gloucester's residential areas to ask punters why they don't go to city centre late-night venues.
Councillor Jennie Dallimore, who heads up Nightsafe, said: "The more evidence we get, the better picture we will have."