Safer Streets 'Nite Zones' have been operating each weekend in Gordon Street and Sauchiehall Street since 2005 and more than 2 million people to date have been safely marshalled while queuing for night transportation. Annually a further 'Nite Zone' is established on a short-term basis in Shawlands. Additional zones have been established in the West End at Byres Road and Merchant City at Albion Street.
A significant amount of supporting activity by GCSS and all partners involved in the co-ordinating group has been developed, making a significant contribution to public safety including:
- extended cctv coverage through the provision of additional fixed space cameras, mobile cctv patrols and electronic links with citrac roads' cameras, all co-ordinated through a dedicated control room;
- installation of public help points at night taxi ranks and bus stops;
- lanes in Glasgow city centre undergoing gating and/or additional lighting;
- creation of dedicated night bus stops and deployment of Bus Marshalls;
The development of the Safer Streets 'Nite Zone' strategy has resulted in a range of benefits to existing and future visitors to the city including:
- increased supervision of the night-time economy with reduced levels of serious violent crime and alcohol-fuelled complaints;
- effective deployment of resources leading to speedier response, more focused prevention activity and improved community intelligence collection and sharing;
- reduced incidents of queue jumping, antisocial behaviour, spontaneous acts of violence and litter, resulting in improved public perceptions of safety; and
- more effective cctv camera coverage with clearer images obtained leading to improved evidence collection.
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