The Evening Times has tracked these changes for seven years through our Crime on Your Street series, crunching figures from every single police beat in the city. Today we publish a map of the centre, with key crime findings from every city centre neighbourhood
AB1 Cowcaddens and Glasgow Caledonian University
A quieter police patch but once notorious for drug possession. But figures have halved in the last five years to just 82 arrests in 2012-13.
AB10 Broomielaw East
The number of people caught boozing in public in this beat doubled in 2012-13 to 226 as police target areas on the way to and from the city centre. But this part of the Broomielaw - with its "Wall-Street On Clyde" buildings empty after dark - remains relatively quiet.
AB11 Central Station
For years the area around the city's biggest station was one of Scotland's most violent beats. It's still very busy but serious assaults - a litmus test figure - are down from an average of one a week in 2006-2007 to one a month in 2012-13.
AB12 City Centre West
This block of central Glasgow is all shops and offices but core "hunting grounds" for police looking for those drinking or urinating in public. Number of urinators caught up nearly 10-fold to 448 in seven years.
AB13 Buchanan Galleries and Buchanan St North
A quiet part of the centre with far less crime that at the other end of Glasgow's busiest drag. Shoplifting is the biggest crime here - but just 170 cases in 2012-13.
AB14 Cowcaddens South and Sauchiehall Street East
The western end of Glasgow's Shopping Z. Seven years ago it had 17 muggings. Last year there were none.
AB2 Townhead North Baird Street
A quiet neighbourhood of car showrooms, this beat had no serious violent crime at all in 2012-13.
AB3 Townhead South
A rare residential part of Glasgow's centre, the southern part of Townhead saw six robberies and three serious assaults.
AB4 Strathclyde University
The student district has low crime - although it suffered 16 break-ins last year, a very rare crime in the city centre.
AB5 George Square
The area around Glasgow's grandest civic space is far from high crime - despite huge numbers of people passing through Queen Street Station. Minor assaults have halved in seven years and serious assaults are down from 18 in 2006-07 to four in 2012-13.
AB51 Glasgow Cathedral
This precinct is quiet but does have a very high number of assaults on emergency workers - 65 in 2012-13 -probably thanks to it being home to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
AB6 Buchanan Street South and Argyle Street
This beat is the daddy of Scottish crime and Glasgow's busiest beat by far. Fully 3700 offences were recorded in the block in 2012-13, although serious violence is down. Serious assaults down from 46 to 11 in seven years.
AB7 Merchant City
The Merchant City isn't the busiest beat but is struggling to see stats come down. The number of people caught drunk and incapable has double to 31 in 2012-12 from when The Evening Times began Crime on Your Street seven years earlier.
AB8 Glasgow Cross, Trongate and Saltmarket
A steadily improving beat once well known for its drug deals. Supply of drugs charges, however, have dropped dramatically from scores in recent years to just one in 2012-13.
AB9 St Enoch's
This used to be robbery central. There were 48 muggings or attempted muggings in the beat in 2006-2007, nearly one a week. But in 2012-13 that figure had fallen to 12, just one a month. It's also a prime place to catch people drinking, 649 fixed-penalty notices for the crime were issued in the year, more than ever before.
AC15 Garnethill and Sauchiehall St West
Glasgow's main clubbing drag falls in to this beat, which makes it a big beat for serious crimes late at night. It suffered 18 crimes of indecency in 2012-13, more than at any point since The Evening Times began Crime on Your Street. There were also 11 serious assaults,which sounds a lot, but is down from 31 in 2010-11. The beat is one of the most heavily policed in Glasgow, however.
AC16 Charing Cross and Blythswood Sq
Close to clubland, this beat holds the unenviable record as the place in Glasgow where most public urinators are caught, nearly 1000 in 2012-13. That is up from just 81 in 2006-2007 and a clear sign of saturation policing hammering down on low-level anti-social behaviour by those on their way to and from the area's many pubs and clubs.
AC20 Anderston East (Hilton Hotel)
This is a quiet beat but on the edge of Glasgow's main prostitution drag, which is reflected in stats showing 15 offences related to prostitution and eight of kerbcrawling.
AC21 Broomielaw West
Glasgow's main street prostitution drag with the numbers to prove it, 45 prostitutes and 43 kerbcrawlers were caught by police the western end of the Broomielaw last year. However, it remains a relatively peaceful neighbourhood with few other serious crimes.