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​ID scanners keep banned trouble makers away

Friday, 3 October 2014 [PDF,99kb]

ID scanners at high risk venues in Kings Cross are serving their purpose in keeping banned troublemakers out and away from the precinct, Minister for Hospitality Troy Grant said.

"Since the ID scanners were introduced on 13 June more than 415,000 scans of patron IDs have occurred," Mr Grant said.

"In three months they have proven to be an effective deterrent.

"The vast majority of banned troublemakers have got the message and are staying away with only five being caught at the door by the ID scanners since inception.

"The ID scanners are linked to a central system and alert venue staff and police if a patron attempts to enter while on a temporary or long-term banning order.

"With the arrival of spring and the busy summer months ahead, it is positive to see the ID scanners working effectively to keep troublemakers away."

Mr Grant said there are 35 Kings Cross venues that are required to operate ID scanners when trading between 9pm and 1.30am. Those venues trade after midnight and have a capacity of more than 120 patrons.

"The ID system captures the name, date of birth, address and photograph from the ID," Mr Grant said.

"This information is not accessible by venue staff and is only used by police to investigate alleged offences and enforce banning orders.

"Currently 98 people are subject to long-term banning orders across the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD precincts, and 175 people have been issued with temporary banning orders in the Kings Cross precinct.

"The message is clear, if you are banned – stay away or else you will face fines up to $11,000.

"The Government will assess the effectiveness of the ID scanners in Kings Cross after 12 months.

"In another measure, the NSW Government has also launched an alcohol advertising campaign encouraging people to

Stop before it gets ugly.

"Industry and individuals need to take responsibility and ensure people can enjoy their night out in safety," Mr Grant said.

For more information visit -

http://www.nsw.gov.au/stopbeforeitgetsugly

Media: Rachael Hayes 0408 235 997


Background Notes

Mr Grant said the five cases identified by the ID scanners were:

  • At 12.18am on 6 September, police were alerted after a 23-year-old Coogee man who is on a 12-month long term banning order for assault had his ID scanned while attempting to enter the World Bar on Bayswater Road. He was issued with a $2,200 penalty notice.
  • About 10pm on 7 September, police were alerted after a 27 year-old Darlinghurst man who was on a temporary banning order following a street offence had his ID scanned while attempting to gain entry to the First Empire Hotel on Darlinghurst Road. He was issued with a $550 penalty notice.
  • At 10.50pm on 7 September, police were alerted after a 30 year-old man from The Ponds who is on a 12-month long term banning order following an affray incident had his ID scanned while attempting to gain entry to The Sugarmill Hotel on Darlinghurst Road. He was issued with a $2,200 penalty notice and a court attendance notice for breaching bail conditions.
  • At 9.13pm on 12 September, police were alerted after a 23 year-old Darlinghurst man who is on a 12- month banning order following an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm attempted to gain entry to World Bar on Bayswater Road. Police are still investigating this incident.
  • At 11.56pm on 14 September, a 27 year-old St Clair man who was on a 12- month long term banning order for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm was arrested by police after trying to enter Hugo’s Lounge on Bayswater Road. The man has been issued with a $2,200 penalty notice.