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Comparing Exeter's violence levels when its strip club was open to when it was closed

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

These figures were obtained, through a Freedom of Information Request, from the Performance and Analysis Department of Devon and Cornwall Police. The report contains crime figures from 1 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2020.


Exeter's strip club ‘Eden Lounge,’ located at 162-163 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT, lost its license in July 2015.


The following two graphs show the number of violent and sexual assaults, from 2013 until 2020, within a 1.5 mile radius of 162-163 Fore St.



The figures show that violent crimes and sexual assaults in the area showed an upward trend after Eden Lounge’s closure in 2015. This suggests that the club's existence did not contribute to these crimes being committed.


The next two graphs show the number of violent and sexual domestic assaults, from 2013 until 2020, within a 5-mile radius of 162-163 Fore St, from 2013 until 2020.



As you can see again, violent and sexual domestic assaults in the area showed an upward trend after Eden Lounge’s closure in 2015. This again suggests that the club's existence did not contribute to these crimes being committed.


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The National SEV Coalition has created two graphs from this data, one for violent and sexual assaults within a 1.5-mile radius of 162-163 Fore Street - the club's location when open - and one for domestic assaults within a 5-mile radius of the same address., for each year from 2013 to 2020.






These police figures clearly show that it cannot be said that the presence of the strip club in Exeter causes violent and sexual crime to increase.

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