Youth crime comes under the spotlight
they were feeling intimidated.
“Crime is coming down in official figures reported in Cambuslang, but that’s not my experience ( given feedback from residents) or the perception of the community.
“We are taking this issue on based on what the people’s needs are and that’s coming through in the surveys and the statistics that have been in the paper.”
Michelle and her fellow community councillors have requested a meeting with police to discuss the figures, but argued all public agencies were responsible for providing young people with alternatives to crime.
She said diversionary activities, increased job opportunities and tacking inequalities were essential if Cambuslang was to be dropped from the prison league table.
Michelle added: “This is something that impacts the community of Cambuslang.
“It’s an issue we want to bring to the table and to look at and see what we can do because it’s clearly a problem. There has to be a solution found for it.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie of the community policing team in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, said: “We work closely with our partners to impact upon youth offending and this includes regular engagement with members of the community and local groups.
“Whilst local officers attend the monthly community council meetings to report on police activity, we will also be meeting representatives to provide further information about what Police Scotland is doing in relation to the young people who come to our attention.”