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Melbourne Bar Makes Big Changes After Loads Of Women Had Their Drinks Spiked

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Melbourne Bar Makes Big Changes After Loads Of Women Had Their Drinks Spiked

A Melbourne bar has made big changes to prevent patrons from having their drinks spiked.

Electric bar in Prahan revealed there had been a spate of women being spiked and it wanted to let people know they were cracking down on the 'intolerable' act.

CCTV cameras will be installed in every part of the bar from multiple angles so that they will be able to catch the next person who tries to incapacitate another patron.

When spiking occurs, it can come in the form of secretly adding more alcohol or drugs to a drink. People might do this to rob, assault, sexually assault or injure their victim.

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Electric will also be introducing an electronic ID scanner that will record every single person who walks through their doors and will take down their details.

If someone tries to spike a drink, they will hopefully be able to catch the moment it happens and track down the assailant.

Speaking to their followers on social media, Electric said: "This behaviour is intolerable and inexcusable. We sincerely thank the brave women who came forward for sharing their stories and experiences with us.

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"Too often these crimes go unreported, which only fuels the fire for more casualties. We felt that we had put forward measures to prevent this kind of behaviour, if we have let you down, we apologise.

"We are so sorry for what has happened to you.

"The fact is that drinks don't spike themselves and we seek to address the real problem, not."

Credit: Electric Bar
Credit: Electric Bar
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In addition to ID scanners and increased CCTV, the bar will ban people from ordering double shots over the bar and there will be an anonymous complaint form available for anyone who feels under threat.

Electric wants patrons to enjoy themselves and will take every future spiking incident seriously.

"We'll believe you, we'll be discreet, and we'll deal with it," management said.

"It has always been our top priority that our guests feel safe in our venue, and although we felt that we had put forward measures to prevent this kind of behaviour, if we have let you down, we apologise. We are so sorry for what has happened to you.

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The Prahan bar said it acted immediately to change the way they do things after the spiking complaints were raised.

They have promised to continue working with police to ensure there aren't any more incidents.

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Topics: Australia

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