Parking lots are one of the most crime ridden parts of a nightclub. People often go out to their cars to buy, sell and use drugs. Clubs should have a policy that prohibits re-entry without paying the cover charge a second time. They should also have signage posted that prohibits loitering in the parking lot, even sitting inside cars. Security guards should perform foot patrols of the parking lots to deter people from being in the parking lot or from sitting in their cars.
Police patrols should prowl the parking lots too. The presence of police can help to deter crime and can lead to self generated activity if the officer observes intoxicated persons. Officers can also park a couple blocks down the street from active clubs and watch for signs of driving while intoxicated. Simply leaving a bar parking lot is not in and of itself probable cause for a traffic stop. Drive in the vicinity of bars for thirty minutes before and sixty minutes after closing time. Many intoxicated persons will stay and drink right up until the time they are tossed out of the bar at closing. It can often take them up to an hour to exit the bar and pull themselves together enough to be able to drive home.
Drive through the bar parking lot an hour or so after closing. People who are gravely impaired will often sleep in their cars. I have found people asleep at the wheel, car in drive, still in the parking stall; very dangerous. In many jurisdictions, just being at the wheel of a car while intoxicated is an offense due to the potential for drunk driving. Enforcement of laws relating to driving while intoxicated and public drunkenness can seriously diminish the problems with a particular bar, when many of their patrons are in jai; that’s what the SGT Says.