Do you feel it is safe af­ter dark?

Ac­cord­ing to a Crime and Jus­tice Sur­vey, 77 per cent of Scots felt safe or very safe in their neigh­bour­hood af­ter dark.

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Re­sults were lower for women and those liv­ing in the most de­prived ar­eas – but those groups still felt much safer, on av­er­age, than a decade ago.

Se­nior cit­i­zens Michael and El­iz­a­beth Dunn had con­trast­ing views about their area in Burn­side.

El­iz­a­beth said: “I don’t feel safe go­ing out any­where but that’s just me. Burn­side is a nice area and the com­mu­nity is very alert, peo­ple look out for one another.

“There’s a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to other hu­man be­ings here.

“It’s good peo­ple are now feel­ing safer.”

Michael, 82, added: “I feel safer at night nowa­days.”

An­gus Mac­Don­ald, 57, was a vic­tim of crime at Burn­side train sta­tion but has seen a change in the area.

He said: “It was few years ago when it hap­pened but I’ve seen the place be­come safer.

“I walk the dog in the dark and it’s fine.”

Ju­lia Rus­sell, 44, said she felt just as safe as she did last year while Jean Mor­row, 69, said: “A wee bit of cau­tion wouldn’t go amiss.”

An­gus Mac­Don­ald was the vic­tim of a crime af­ter dark but said: “I think Burn­side is a safe area. “The peo­ple here are friendly and I’m glad I brought my boy up here.”

Jean Mor­row ad­mit­ted she wouldn’t go out on her own at night. She said:“I would get my hus­band to pick me up or get a taxi. I think so­ci­ety nowa­days makes us feel like this.”

Ju­lia Rus­sell agreed with the ma­jor­ity who took part in the sur­vey and said:“I don’t sit there and feel like I can’t go out. I feel just as safe as I did in my lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Michael and El­iz­a­beth Dunn had con­trast­ing opin­ions. He feels safer in Burn­side while El­iz­a­beth said:“When you’re older you feel a lit­tle more vul­ner­a­ble if you go out at night.”

Bizz Ruther­glen Main Street is busy dur­ing the day but walk­ing along there at night would be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion

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