Glasgow Crime Poster

[Photo of police poster]THIS POSTER WAS SPOTTED OUTSIDE CROSSMYLOOF RAILWAY STATION IN SHAWLANDS.

It states:

“3691
fewer victims of common assault”

I don’t know about you, but this poster troubled me.

First of all, why are the police paying for advertising posters like this? Is this a good use of financial resources? Perhaps, as a result of the suggested drop in criminal activity, the police have the time and money for this project?

It then begs the question, why are there fewer victims? The police deal with assault, rather than with the reasons for assault, so they cannot be given credit for lower crime, however, the poster carries the  suggestion that the Police have had some positive effect, that the police in some way are responsible for the drop in this crime figure, when such a notion is utterly preposterous.

This leads to the next question: are there fewer victims of common assault because of a drop in reported assaults, a change in the definition of common assault or victim, or a change in reporting period?  What is the context, and what possible reasons – what lessons can we learn? The poster is an insult to the intelligence.

We’re not especially au fait with Scots Law, so the term, common assault, suggests that there could well be other kinds of assault (although I don’t know what they are, nor if they exist), perhaps the figures have been manipulated such that the 3691, or a portion thereof, has been taken from the common assault category and simply moved to another category, or other categories, of assault.

I have a problem too with the number given.  It is not a percentage, it is an extremely precise (not rounded up or down) figure, 3691.

What does this number mean? Fewer than what and when? 3691 fewer than last week? Last year? what?

Finally, if the poster is not pro-Police, but simply to make Glaswegians happier or to feel safer, it fails miserably because 3691 is a massive number — and yet it is not the number of common assaults, it is merely the variation!  If 3691 is the drop, what on earth is the actual number of common assaults?  Having a drop of 3691 implies that common assaults must be many times greater than this figure.  One ought to immediately begin to take care as assault is very likely imminent.

I must say that it would not be much of a comfort to visitors to the city. Poor tourists! Mind you, they ought to have heard about Glasgow’s violent reputation before coming, from sites such as this. Or this.

Things are getting worse when Police put up posters to scare or con an unsuspecting public.

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Douglas Street Parking Chaos

douglas_streetROAD PLANNERS HAVE GOT IT WRONG ON DOUGLAS STREET, GLASGOW.

Douglas Street is a steep hill, it is one-way going up. Nevertheless, the designated car parking bays are angled awkwardly.

This causes chaos at rush hour as cars wanting to park have to drive up beyond the bays and reverse in to the angled spaces.

It would be far simpler if the angled bays were the other way, of if parking was parallel or perpendicular (there is sufficient space).

Things are getting worse when the obvious is missed by so-called town planners and traffic managers!

Noisy Neighbours!

[Picture of Evening Times headline noisy neighbours]NOISY NEIGHBOURS ARE HITTING THE HEADLINES.

Quite right too; there is far too little consideration for others these days. If it’s not the extreme noise from car stereos, it is parties and generally noise from neighbours.

There is a fashion these days for sanded original floorboards, and this may well be the principal cause of noise.  In the old days, there was always a runner, rug or carpet, and in later years, wall-to-wall carpeting dampened impact noise.  Even modern day laminate floors are better than bare floorboards because they are laid on sound-absorbing underfelt.

Painted plaster is another problem, wallpaper is better, blown vinyl or woodchip better still. Curtains instead of window blinds help reduce echo and reverb – it all makes sense. Dropped ceilings in rooms with tiles and shiny surfaces (such as kitchens and bathrooms) are a good idea too.

The worst case — as you can guess — would be a flat with bare floorboards, roller blinds, mirrors and shiny surfaces.  The best would be one with thick absorbent wallpaper, lots of soft furnishings, curtains, tablecloths, cushions, headboards, towels and the like.

These are common-sense changes to décor that make a huge difference to both air-borne noise and impact noise — and which would make a big difference to occasions such as parties.

However, partying in communal gardens (in the back court) in good weather is anti-social if it drags on too late. Parties that spill out onto common landings and stairs as equally annoying.

DIY and other noisy activities — such as playing music — should never be done too late or too early.  Find out about your neighbours — it makes a difference if they are all old and deaf, or if they are on night shift, have small children and so forth. Tailor your noisy activities to suit your neighbours.

[Pic of evening times newspaper headline cracking down on neighbours]It is never a good idea to be too involved with neighbours, people who live close to each other have important privacy lines that must not be crossed, but a civil neighbourliness is better than not caring at all and treating your home like a campus accommodation.

It is good that the council is finally doing something about this major problem. Perhaps they will also look at the poor car parking, the parking in lanes, the dumping of rubbish at the front (on the street and pavement), the inconsiderate hedge owners, the littering and more besides!

Needless Carelessness

GLASGOW IS A TOUGH PLACE, AND SHAWLANDS HAS A FAIR SHARE OF THE CITY’S TROUBLED SOULS.

[Photo of syringe]I took this photograph with my cameraphone across from a primary school in Shawlands. Yes, sadly it is a syringe. A needle discarded by a drug addict.

Goodness; things are getting worse when school children, toddlers, pets and everyone else can be stabbed in the foot by a discarded, and probably infected, hypodermic needle on a busy pavement.

[pic of syring on pavement]

 

Protest Backlash

GLASGOW’S BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMEWHERE NICE FOR OFFICE WORKERS TO ENJOY AN AL FRESCO LUNCH, BUT NOT ANY MORE.

[Photo of public notice at Blythswood Sq Glasgow]A Public Notice has been posted up [Double Click on image to enlarge], it states:

“The Blythswood Square Proprietors have
recently allowed unlimited access to
these private gardens. Unfortunately this
access was abused by protestors (sic) who set
up camp and a Court Order had to be
taken out to remove them.

“To ensure this style of occupation is not
repeated the Proprietors Association has
had to therefore close the gardens. This
is unfortunate that the selfishness of a
few has removed access to many.

“For several decades the gardens were
opened for all to enjoy for a few hours
over lunchtime in the summer in good
weather when the grass is dry. The
proprietors Association will revert to that
means of sharing this private garden with
the people of Glasgow.”

These gardens have now been ring fenced and gated off to the public.  The fencing is sensitive to the original style for the square, one can only hope that these wonderful gardens will be opened up in the summer next year for a few hours at lunchtime.

Things are certainly getting worse when protesting gets to this level. The camp at George Square was more than annoying, a girl was raped there.  The camp in Blythswood Square was ridiculously permanent — they caused real damage in this protest against “Global Capitalism”.

Holy Street!

[Picture of hole in street in Glasgow]AMAZINGLY, NO ONE WAS HARMED WHEN THE STREET CAVED IN TODAY.

I was walking along Renfield Street, and right at the corner where the old ABC cinema used to be, the road simply collapsed!

It was big enough to drop a full-length family car waiting to turn left onto Renfield Street!  Things are getting worse when roads can suddenly cave in.

In 2007, the road outside the Citizens’ Theatre collapsed as a result of a burst water main, ironically while “The Tempest” was being performed (see Clipped News Article).  Glasgow’s infrastructure was shown to be crumbling and in dire need of investment.  The pot holes cannot be making things any better. Thing sare definitely getting worse when pavements and roads can simply and suddenly cave in without warning!

Same Flat Syndrome

IN THE WINDOW OF ANY ESTATE AGENCY ARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF FLATS FOR SALE.

Things must be getting worse because every flat is decorated in the same style! Notice the pseudo traditional sanded floorboards, fireplaces, couches and plain walls.

Perhaps the television make-over shows are to blame for all this, but it was never like this in the past; I quite enjoyed viewing flats for sale and browsing estate agencies, and the variety in décor was exactly what made house hunting fun. Things are getting worse when we all live in the same flat, or aspire to sameness.

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