Should more be done to reduce knife crime?
Readers have their say on shock figures
Last week The Reformer revealed a crime was committed with a knife every five days in Rutherglen or Cambuslang in the past three years.
The scale of knife culture in the towns was uncovered with almost 250 crimes involving blades committed since 2014.
Despite a decline in incidents in the last year, residents were adamant more should be done to reduce the level of knife crime.
We asked members of the public on Rutherglen Main Street for their thoughts on the shocking figures including Jean and John Taggart from Spittal.
Jean said: “The police should be out late at night and when the youngsters come out the pubs. They shouldn’t just target them because they are youngsters, but because it will make them more aware.
“As well as that, there should be longer sentences. Fining them is no good because if they don’t have the money, they won’t pay for it and won’t learn anything from that.” John added: “It’s an impossible task.” Mark West said: “I have only lived in Rutherglen for just over a year and I don’t see any trouble. But it is shocking, it’s not good at all. There should be more done.”
Alan Maitland from Rutherglen said: “There definitely should be more done to help keep people safe. We need more police on the street.”
Rutherglen shopper Jean Shearer agreed. She said: “You very rarely see them. And if they are on their bikes, that’s not any good to anyone.”
There should be more done to keep people safe. We need more police on the street. Alan Maitland
Longer sentences Jean Taggart
More police Jean Shearer
Shocking Mark West
Keep people safe Alan Maitland