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Glasgow Loses “Most Violent City” Tag

A new report has stated that Glasgow has lost its tag of being the most dangerous city in the UK with Glasgow now having a significantly lower crime rate.

The news comes after a crime clampdown in the city after reports published ten years ago showed that it was the most violent city in the UK. The clampdown on crime has seen a reduction of more than 50% crime levels per head of population with Glasgow having the faster reduction of crime in comparison to anywhere else in Scotland.

Crime Significantly Lower in Glasgow in 2014/15

Ten years prior to the report released regarding the reduction of crime in Glasgow, the city had 80 crimes per 100,000 people with the area being the highest for crimes committed outside of London. Now, however, the level has reduced significantly to 30 crimes per 100,000 with Liverpool and Manchester now boasting a significantly higher level of crime.

In the city centre violent offences have fallen by 40% over the period 2004/05 to 2014/15. with robberies also down from 330 to 45. Attempted murder fell from 23 serious offences to 0 with serious assault decreasing from 306 to 113.

The report does not include sexual offences, which police statistics show have seen an increase in the city and across Scotland with a rise of 46% in the last ten years.

Edinburgh had a similar crime rate as Glasgow, however, had not improved at the same rate as Scotland’s largest city. Efforts to reinvent communities and work with young people in the area has been deemed as one of the biggest factors in the reduction of crime in Glasgow.

Phil Walker, managing director, community Safety Glasgow said: “When comparing Glasgow to other cities in the UK, it is clear that Glasgow is experiencing reductions in key crime types at a faster rate.

“No longer is Glasgow identified as one of the most violent cities in Europe.

“In fact crime levels are now lower than comparable English cities and quickly catching up to similar levels experienced in Edinburgh and Dundee.”

He added: “Many communities that were previously blighted by gang violence, signal crime and high volumes of offending have been transformed into areas where residents no longer fear to walk to the local shops or travel through particular communities.

“This was most evident in a recent consultation survey where 60% of respondents felt that agencies were working effectively to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.”

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