Youth crime rates falls

SERIOUS violent crime committed by young people in Glasgow has dropped by almost a quarter.

New figures from the city’s youth justice services details the number of attempted murders, serious assaults, robberies and threats committed by under 18s came down by 22 per cent in 2009/10.

The figures, based on police data, show a 31% drop in serious offending since 2007/2008.

The number of offences committed by under 18s dropped by 7% last year.

This continues a downward trend that has seen a 35% reduction in the number of offence based referrals to the children’s Reporter since 2006/2007.

Councillor Matt Kerr, executive member for social care at GCC, said: “These figures show Glasgow is becoming a safer city, both for young people and the wider community.

“We are seeing increasingly positive outcomes for young people who were being drawn into offending and a big part of that is down to the hard work of the young people themselves and their families.

“Tremendous credit must also go to the wide range of agencies involved in youth justice work in Glasgow.

“By using programmes which have been tried, tested and found to be effective, they have helped to make a big difference to a very important issue.

“But this is not a finished project and we will continue to develop new services which will challenge the small minority of young people who commit crime in Glasgow and create misery in their communities”.

Research from around the world has been used to develop a comprehensive programme which addresses the complex issues often found at the root of offending behaviour.

One scheme has involved the use of electronic tags as an alternative to offenders being remanded, resulting in repeat offending behaviour being stopped

Police superintendent Derek Robertson, head of the force’s safer communities project, said: “There is no doubt these figures are encouraging, clearly highlighting the improvement in respect of young people being involved in crime.

“We will continue to work tirelessly with our partners to ensure that young people are diverted from such practices and their potential is maximised within the local community.

“Early and effective intervention is a productive, tailored approach to deliver such improvements for a safer Glasgow”.