Several Swindon-based businesses are being encouraged to sign up to a night safety charter this week.

Bars, restaurants, clubs, and other night-time economy businesses have all been urged by the police to do so, making communities safer after dark.

The Adver recently reported that just three per cent of people felt safe when out and about at night after the data was released from a police survey.

The police have founded the Safety at Night Charter to help tackle this growing issues.

PCC Philip Wilkinson said: “The launch of our Safety at Night Charter is a positive affirmation that my office, and our partners, are committed to delivering safer nights for all across Wiltshire and Swindon.

“I would encourage any type of business or organisation that operates in the evenings to get involved.

“People in Wiltshire should be able to feel reassured when out and about at night, and able to safely enjoy the many great amenities our county has to offer.”

The police added that the aim of the charter is to “create an environment where both your staff and the public feel comfortable and confident to report incidents.”

If you wish to sign up to the Safety at Night Charter then you can do so by visiting the website here and completing a short form.