Like all cities, Glasgow has some suburbs which are more dangerous than others. Statistically, you are more likely to encounter crime in some areas, but it is wise to be alert wherever you are, as accidents can happen at any time. Whether you’re driving in Glasgow city centre and you’re eager to avoid road traffic accidents or you’re shopping, dining out or simply enjoying a walk around the city, here are some pointers to help you steer clear of danger.
What are the most dangerous suburbs in Glasgow?
Information released by Strathclyde Police in 2010 showed that all of Scotland’s nine most dangerous streets were located within Glasgow city centre, while a report published in 2013 by the UK Peace Index suggested that Glasgow was the most violent area in the UK. Particularly dangerous suburbs in Glasgow include Buchanan Street and Queen Street in the city centre, Govanhill West and parts of the East End.
In 2012, the report revealed that there were 2.7 examples of homicide per 100,000 people in Glasgow, which was significantly higher than rates of 1.6 in London and 1.0, which was the UK national average. Despite the seemingly alarming statistics, the latest figures are a significant improvement on previous years and crime levels are falling sharply in Glasgow city centre thanks to improved policing, the introduction of widespread CCTV and increased security at bars, restaurants and clubs.
Staying safe in Glasgow
If you are driving or walking around dangerous suburbs in Glasgow, these tips will help to reduce your risk of being involved in a car crash or a public place accident:
- Avoid carrying valuables and cash around with you; if you do need to have valuables on you, ensure that they are well hidden and secured
- Keep to well-lit, busy areas and avoid back streets
- Try not to walk around on your own at night
- Organise a taxi home and never use unlicensed cabs
- Pay attention to speed limits and watch out for pedestrians, cyclists and buses if you are driving in the city centre
- Carry a mobile phone with you
What should I do if I’ve been involved in an accident in Glasgow?
If you’ve been involved in an accident in a public place or you’ve been hit by another driver in Glasgow or any other UK city, it is important to report the incident to the police and seek medical advice for your injuries. If you were not at fault for the public place accident or you can prove that a road accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no win, no fee* claim for personal injury compensation. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have expertise in handling road accident claims, slip, trip or fall claims and work accident compensation cases. Call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to see how we could help you.