MORE cops on the beat is what the southside needs, according to some residents.
Strathclyde Police is running a consultation until October 31, taken online and on the streets in order to develop a community policing plan for the year ahead.
Last year’s consultation revealed common concerns across the southside and East Renfrewshire, with residents flagging issues such as speeding, assault and violent crime, thefts and drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Communities inspector Eileen Taylor — covering the Pollokshields and southside central wards — told The Extra: “Sometimes the issues we think are most important aren’t the same as the community’s priorities – so we use this information, along with crime statistics, to inform what we focus on for the year ahead”.
This week, The Extra took to the streets to ask the public where their priorities lie.
Jackie Brown, from Giffnock, commented: “You don’t see a lot of police patrolling on foot, and I think there could be more of a police presence, to set people’s minds at ease.
“You see people getting up to no good and there are no police around. Then, there are officers out fining people for silly things — like going three miles over the speed limit”.
Lesley Small — a 60-year-old former carer visiting Shawlands shops — agrees.
She told The Extra: “You used to see police all the time, but now it’s very rare, unless they’re speed cops.
“They devote too much time to fining people, rather than using their resources to catch real criminals.
“It’s a deterrent, not knowing if and when a bobby’s likely to come along, and I think more police on the street might put criminals off”.
Neil Orr (63), from Mount Florida, added: “There are a lot of drugs and a lot of drunks kicking about. It seems like they’ve cut back on community police officers and I’d like to see more of them — but otherwise I can’t think of anything they could be doing better”.
Fiona Mooney, from King’s Park — out shopping with five-month-old son Archie and Shawlands resident Carol Bain — is concerned about one issue in particular.
The 28-year-old explained: “I hate the amount of dangerous dogs in my area — it’s terrifying how many people are out walking and don’t seem to have control over them.
“The police should be out and watching these people — putting in more effort when it comes to watching over the community”.
However, it seems that not all residents are unhappy with the amount of cops on the southside beat.
Pensioner Mrs duFeu, a Giffnock resident for 23 years, commented: “I’m aware of more police just now – I think you see more of them walking along the street than you ever used to. I’ve no complaints about the work they do”.
The survey is available online at strathclyde.police.uk/your_community