The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is excited to partner with our local establishments to promote safety and prevent sexual assault within the City of Fort Lauderdale. The Bar Watch program will be a network of people, including bar staff and police officers, who know how to identify and act upon potentially troublesome situations.
How to reduce your risk of sexual assault (tips from the Nancy J. Cotterman Center):
- Travel in a group. Check in with each other and leave together. Don’t be isolated.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably is.
- Watch your drink. Never leave it unattended. Don’t accept drinks from strangers.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Know what is going on around you.
- Don’t feel obligated. Don’t do anything you don’t want to or feel uncomfortable about.
- Keep your cell phone accessible. And fully charged.
How do you know which establishments are Bar Watch certified? Look for the Bar Watch Decal in their front window!
Test your drink using our Bar Watch coasters:
Bar Watch Participants:
- Fat Cats
- SWAY Nightclub
- Lucky’s Tavern
- Taco Craft
if you’re interested in becoming a Bar Watch participant please email email@example.com
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can call the Nancy J. Cotterman Center’s 24-hour Helpline: 954-761-RAPE (7273).