CLYDEBANK and Milngavie's MSP was asked to comment on crime statistics in West Dunbartonshire by the Clydebank Post.
Numbers showed overall crime is down in the region but Clydebank remains the highest of all the towns. Domestic abuse has seen one of the biggest decrease in the stats.
Gil Paterson MSP said: “Just last week (Thursday) I made a speech on domestic abuse, so I am glad to hear the recorded crime level has decreased in Clydebank.
“I commend the work done by Clydebank’s police force to get these figures down, I know they work tirelessly to make the town safer for everyone.
“However, we must remember crime is a direct consequence of the poverty that scars many communities in Clydebank – and only with full control of the economic levers of Scotland can we actually address this, which is a priority for the Scottish Government.
“Scotland’s new social security system will be at the heart of reducing deprivation in Clydebank. The attainment fund has injected cash into schools to improve literacy, numeracy and well-being of pupils in the poorest areas. The freeze of council tax, commitment to living wage, baby box, free child care are among many measures I have voted for as an MSP by the SNP government.”