York City Centre is host to a diverse population of residents, employees, businesses and both local, UK and international tourists. It is all temporary home to a large student population. Part of York’s charm is the compact nature of the city centre, brining together both retail and tourist attractions into one easily accessed area. However, this poses other problems where licensed premises exist alongside shops and residential properties.
According to crime statistics, York is one of the safest cities in the UK with lower than average crime for a city that attracts many visitors. However, due to the consequences of its layout and attraction as a weekend destination for large groups of males and females, tensions have been created between residents and visitors where alcohol consumption has led to behaviour which is deemed to be anti-social. City of York Council, North Yorkshire, Police, British Transport Police, the York BID and Make It York work in partnership to address these problems through a sustained campaign of awareness, education and ultimately enforcement.