Figure 3: Changes in crime and poverty by distance to the city centre 2002-15
Glasgow is not the only city where we see crime falling in line with the decline of poverty and finding distinct spatial expression. Our research has found similar trends to be evident in Birmingham.
What is certain is that crime, just like poverty, can no longer be seen as primarily an inner-city problem.
This raises questions about whether existing theories of social disorganisation and crime opportunity grounded in urban neighbourhood dynamics adequately explain spatial variations in crime. In light of the spatial reordering of poverty, future studies will need to re-examine the mechanisms underlying the relationship between community poverty and crime.