Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

​Lockouts and Last Drinks

A forthcoming BOCSAR report examines the monthly count of non-domestic assaults recorded by the NSW Police since January 2009 to June 2015: a total of 78 months (62 months prior to lockout intervention and 16 months post the lockout intervention).

The report finds statistically significant reductions in the number of non-domestic assaults in the Kings Cross Precinct (down 45.1%) and Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct (down 20.3%). Most areas adjacent to the Kings Cross or Sydney CBD entertainment precincts or within easy reach of these precincts show no increase in assault.

The table below shows the overall reduction in the monthly number of assaults in the two target areas, the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts, together with the proximal and distal displacement areas and the rest of NSW.

​Areas

Reduction in non-domestic assault since Jan 2014
​Kings Cross Precinct​-45.1%
​Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct​-20.3%
​Proximal displacement area*​Stable
​Distal displacement area**​Stable
​Rest of NSW​-1.4%

 * Includes parts of the following suburbs: Pyrmont (including the Star City Casino) , Ultimo, Chippendale, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Darlinghurst.

** Includes Bondi Beach, Coogee, Double Bay and Newtown.

The second table below shows the reduction in the monthly number of assaults occurring during the week at three different times of the day: between 6pm and 1:29am, 1:30am and 2:59am and 3am and 6am.

​Areas

Reduction between 6pm-1:29amReduction between 1:30am-2:59amReduction between 3am - 6am
​Kings Cross Precinct59.2%​Stable​93.9%
​Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct​Stable

​47.3%

​57.1%
​Proximal displacement area*​Stable​Stable​Stable
​Distal displacement area**​Stable​Stable​Stable

 

The third table below shows the reduction in the monthly number of assaults during weekends at three different times of the day: between 6pm and 1:29am, 1:30am and 2:59am and 3am and 6am.

​Areas

Reduction between 6pm-1:29amReduction between 1:30am-2:59amReduction between 3am - 6am
​Kings Cross Precinct54.2%​70.2%​75.5%
​Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct​Stable

​30.7%

​41.5%
​Proximal displacement area*​Stable​Stable​Stable
​Distal displacement area**​Stable​Stable​Stable

 

The map below shows the two target areas, the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts, together with the proximal and distal displacement areas. The distal displacement area is the aggregate of Bondi Beach, Coogee, Double Bay and Newtown.

 This paper has been submitted to an academic journal and is currently under review.