10,000 drink protectors are being distributed to clubs and bars in Central Milton Keynes after MK Council funded £2,500 to the CMK Bar Watch.
Thanks to the Council’s help, thousands of StopTopps will be sent to clubs and bars over the next few weeks. Stop Topps are foil drinks protectors that make it harder for predators to spike drinks. They’re suitable for all sizes of bottles and glasses. Customers will simply need to ask a member of bar staff for a free cover to place on top of their drink.
Drink spiking is an under-reported crime. Statistics from a StopTopps survey show that over 97% of cases are not reported to the police, even though the offence can carry a ten year prison sentence.
Cabinet Member for Public Realm, Cllr Lauren Townsend said: “Drink spiking is a hideous crime, which can have a devastating impact on someone’s life. It’s massively under-reported which means we need to work together with everyone in our night-time economy to prevent it happening in the first place. We’re funding this for local bars and venues to show how they can make a difference, and to make predators think twice.”
Chair of CMK Barwatch and General Manager at Popworld MK, Tom Miell said: “The wellbeing of our guests and team is our top priority at Popworld. We have always had various initiatives and procedures in place to ensure everyone can enjoy a night out at our venue in a safe environment. When Milton Keynes Police and Council saw our drink protectors in operation, they recognised the value of these being introduced more widespread across our town. We are delighted to have been able to share best practice in our local community to ensure a safer Milton Keynes for all.”