Key Points:

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  • Glasgow tends to have a higher level of recorded crimes and incidents than other neighbouring local authorities and other Scottish cities, although reported levels of many crimes have been declining since at least 2007/08.
  • In 2016/17 there were just less than 44,000 crimes recorded in Glasgow, a figure which is 37% lower than a decade before.  
  • Despite decreases in reported violent crime, Glasgow experiences a level of violent crime that is 55% higher than the national average.
  • Just over 7,500 crimes were committed by youths (children under the age of 18) in Glasgow in 2011/12 with offending levels rising rapidly in teenage years.
  • The likelihood of being a victim of violence or of committing a violent offence rises rapidly in the teenage years.
  • In 2012, in Glasgow, there were on average 280 domestic abuse incidents reported each month where children were present.

Community safety can be defined as a broad range of issues impacting on personal safety, community safety and perceptions of safety within a defined area. These issues are often complex to understand and can be influenced by a range of social demographic factors such as poor heath, education and unemployment.

The major community safety challenges lie within Glasgow’s deeply embedded culture of violence, territorialism, and domestic abuse - each having clear links to alcohol and drug misuse. The areas where community safety problems exist have remained the same for decades and are generally concentrated within and around the most deprived areas. Although some of these locations have experienced significant investment in terms of regeneration, underlying issues in terms of health, education and unemployment still exist - issues that are closely connected with community safety.

Although, Glasgow experiences a disproportionately high level of community safety issues compared with other Scottish local authority areas, the general trends suggest there has been a significant improvement over the past decade. In recent years, a significant emphasis has been placed multi-agency partnerships, which have subsequently had a positive impact on major community safety issues such as anti-social behaviour, violent crime, road, fire and home safety.

The children's indicators section of Understanding Glasgow contains related information on aspects of children's safety and children's health within Glasgow.

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