Glasgow Police say Shettleston gang problem needs officers on the ground

Police must reintegrate into the local community in a bid to prevent growing gang problems among young people in Shettleston, they said.

Concerns had previously been raised with Councilor Thomas Kerr that there had been an increase in anti-social behavior in recent months, with reports of young people ‘hanging out in the streets drinking’ because the community centers they frequented remained closed. Covid-19 result.

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And now that the pandemic appears to be easing, officers said they want to resume effective community work to try to reverse a rise in crimes such as burglaries and car thefts.

At the Shettleston area partnership meeting on Thursday, members were told by Police Scotland that they would be engaging further with the community.

Officers hope to reduce the number of break-ins and thefts while working with young people in Shettleston and Baillieston to educate them about crime.

A police spokesperson said: ‘We will be engaging with young people as there have been community tensions between gangs in the Parkhead and Shettleston area and the Baillieston and Coatbridge area.

“We are working with our campus officers at East Bank and Bannerman to try to bring these young people together to prevent them from engaging in gang-related activity.

“It will bring officers on the ground to patrol the areas where they hang out and educate them, which is ongoing.”

New staff members will also be encouraged to go out and talk to people, learn about their fears and needs within the community.

They will take steps to reduce dishonesty crimes by putting more vehicles on patrol.

The spokesperson added: “I hope we can get back to more proactive work and restore the community partnerships we were doing before the pandemic.

“I think we need to get back into the community, visit these vulnerable people and engage with them a lot more.

“There appears to have been a slight increase in motor vehicles, burglaries and attempted burglaries.

“We will be implementing more patrols in unmarked vehicles to try and disrupt this behavior and target the individuals involved in it.”

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Following the meeting, Shettleston Councilor Thomas Kerr said he was encouraged to hear that the police would try to address the issue of anti-social behavior in the area.

He said: “We also have to try to do something to help the young people because the problem is that there isn’t really much for the young people to do, so they hang around the streets drinking.

“There is more anti-social behavior because community centers are closed, which is something we really need to look at.

“That’s why it’s reassuring to hear that the police will try to help them.”

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