If crime can plummet in a violent European city, why can’t it happen here?

IT’S the place where a “kiss” and “grin” are traditional slang for vicious headbutts and faces slashed from mouth to ear.

But in Glasgow – the Scottish city which in 2004 boasted the highest murder rate in Western Europe – violent crime has plummeted by almost 50 per cent in the past three years.

It’s a result of a long-term strategy combining zero tolerance with education so that in 2012 concerned citizens are calling police about their dogs fighting in the streets rather than hooligans.

Co-director of Scotland’s national violence prevention unit Karyn McCluskey helped design the 10-year plan which has given young people the opportunity to make the right choice about who they want to be.

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