Nightclubs must up security

Nightclubs in Grand Cayman are upping their safety and security standards thanks to measures agreed on at a recent meeting.

The Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman met with the operators of nightclubs last Friday, 26 January, and agreed on measures to enhance safety and security at the night spots.

Some of these measures include the installation of security cameras, displaying licences and keeping track of numbers going in and out of the clubs.

‘The board has been concerned with the safety at nightclubs for some time, and it is something we take very seriously,’ said Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Mitchell Welds.

Also present at the meeting, representing the Royal Cayman Islands Police was Chief Inspector George Watson.

Representatives from five of the six nightclubs were in attendance. They were: Cary English, licensee of The Matrix; Lloyd Samson, licensee of Peppers Nightclub; Harry Lalli, owner and manager of The Next Level; Stephen Wright, licensee of Shireynolds; and Donald Blair, manager of O Bar.

Although there was no representative from District 6 Nightclub present, this club will also have to comply with the requirements agreed on, Secretary of the Liquor Licensing Board Ms Marva Scott-Dunbar confirmed.

The meeting was essentially called to discuss concerns the board and the Royal Cayman Islands Police had with regard to nightclubs on complying with certain requirements.

All parties agreed that the nightclubs will invest in closed circuit TV cameras. Although the Next Level, O Bar and Peppers Nightclub all have them to some extent, it was decided that all nightclubs would have them both inside and outside of their premises.

By complying with this, the clubs would better be able to assist the police in the event that altercations or robberies occur in or around the clubs.

The board also asked that the nightclubs keep monthly logs of any incidences that take place in or around their premises.

Nightclubs were also reminded that the checking of IDs needs to continue and patrons who are already intoxicated are not to be served any more alcohol.

Operators were also asked that their licences be displayed on their premises. The copy of the licence should go inside the premises, but a law also calls for a sign to be affixed outside the premises with the name of the licensee, the hours of operation and the type of licence in operation listed clearly.

The Board also asked that the capacity number in the nightclubs be monitored. As overcrowding has been a problem in the past, nightclubs were told to make sure to account for numbers going in and leaving their premises.

Ms Scott-Dunbar said the nightclubs will be required to comply with these regulations and measures, although some time will be given for them to purchase and install the security cameras.

One suggestion that was floated but not agreed upon was a system of tagging or stamping entrants into nightclubs, such as by the use of armbands, in order to keep track of those who were in nightclubs.

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