AN innovative safety campaign which allows people who feel vulnerable in pubs or bars to discreetly signal for help is being rolled out across Carmarthenshire today.
The scheme allows customers who could be feeling threatened or unsafe on a date to get help by approaching the bar and “Asking for Angela.”
How does the campaign work?
An individual can get help by asking a member of staff for Angela at the bar if they are feeling uncomfortable on a date or in a dangerous situation. The bar staff can then defuse the situation or arrange a safe way of getting home.
Each pub or bar will display posters in their public toilets so that people are aware that they are supporters of the campaign.
PC Dave White a Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor for Carmarthenshire who is running the initiative for Dyfed Powys Police in the County said: “By telling customers that they can ‘Ask for Angela’ we’re giving them a discreet code-word that they can give to staff if they feel unsafe or threatened.
“We are working with Partners and asking Licensees to put Posters up in toilets and to educate their staff on the scheme. This is just one of the initiatives that we will be using this year to keep people safe during the Christmas period.
Police Licensing officer Mike price said: “The scheme operates successfully in parts of England and Wales and is another step in making Carmarthenshire a safer place to visit and socialise, especially during the Christmas party season”.