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STRATHCLYDE PUTS CRIME IN SPOTLIGHT

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Strathclyde police and the area's councils have achieved a 20% fall in violent crime in their Spotlight scheme. ...
Strathclyde police and the area's councils have achieved a 20% fall in violent crime in their Spotlight scheme.

The police applied a US policing method known as 'broken window theory'.

Superintendent Alan Burnett said: 'The idea is that if you leave a broken window unreplaced, graffiti unremoved and litter on the ground you are creating more of the same and the public get a fear of crime.

'The Spotlight tactic was to put our resources into dealing with disorder - graffiti, public drunkenness, etc - and we got a knock-on effect on violent crime and practically everything else.'
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