Susan McVie Comments on Edinburgh's Gang Culture

Susan McVie, Professor of Quantitative Criminology, recently featured in an article about the social problems associated with gang culture in Scotland's capital city.

Susan McVie, Professor of Quantitative Criminology, recently featured in an article about the social problems associated with gang culture in Scotland's capital city.

The feature in the Edinburgh Evening News, entitled 'We've got a fight on our hands to deal with gangs', addressed the launch of a new helpline for parents.  'ParentLine', an initiative funded by Lothian and Borders Police and the Edinburgh Charity Children 1st, will now offer a helpline for parents worried that their children might be caught up in gang culture, as well as offering advice on how to encourage their children to stay out of trouble. 

Professor McVie, who as part of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC) has conducted a number of studies into the prevalence of youth crime and gang culture in the capital since 1998, commented that there could be a far greater problem with gangs than has been officially recorded.  However she also stated that ''Policing in Edinburgh is quite effective and they tend to break the bigger gangs up to smaller clusters. There are a smaller group of gangs which get involved in real violence, knife crime or theft, but they are few."

Read the article: 'We've got a fight on our hands to deal with gangs'.

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