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Evening Times lifts lid on city crime with in-depth investigation

The Evening Times in Glasgow has revealed “shocking levels of violence” in the city following a special investigation.

A two-week series in the paper, which began on Monday, will show crime levels in every neighbourhood in the city.

It is the result of a Freedom of Information request submitted to Strathclyde Police by crime reporter Chris Musson.

He said: “I put in an FOI request for a breakdown of every crime in every police beat in Glasgow.

“The police sent us the information in a spreadsheet, which allowed us to analyse the figures, produce city-wide league tables, and draw up mini-profiles of each of the 232 police beat areas in Glasgow.”

The Evening Times began the Crime on Your Street series with a poster front page and five further pages of coverage inside.

The articles are based on an FOI request for the number and type of crimes in the city’s 232 police beats over the past year, and each day the paper is publishing a spread examining a city-wide league table based on a different crime or crime category such as assaults, possession of knives, housebreaking and racism.

On Monday the paper revealed that the area which covers the streets around Central Station is the most dangerous in the city, with 152 serious violent crimes there in 2005-06.

It is thought to be the most detailed breakdown of crime in Glasgow ever seen by the public, with the data analysed totalling 137,000 crimes.

Chris said: “I’ve done a few FOI stories before, but never anything on this scale.

“I saw it as an ideal opportunity to find out about crime rates at very local levels, which I thought would be of great interest to out readership.

“I think it’s been worth the effort, because nobody before has been able to offer such a detailed insight into crime at such localised levels.

“The amount of information was fascinating, but also a bit daunting. There were hundreds of different crime types listed for the hundreds of beats.

“It took about a fortnight’s work to actually analyse the information and produce the league tables and police beats.

“One of the major obstacles was that the 232 beats only had codenames – like AB01 – so we had to look through maps and rename them as areas of the city.”