Among the many issues an MSP has to deal with from constituents, worries about crime - petty and large-scale - are often near the top of the list.
So it was fantastic to read that Glasgow no longer merits the title of the Mugging Capital of Scotland, and that youth crime in our city has decreased massively over the past few years.
We should not be complacent, and there is still plenty of work to be done to fight crime on the streets of Glasgow, but this news is very positive.
There has been a 74% drop in calls to the police complaining about youths in Glasgow in the past seven years, and a decline of 60% in street robberies or muggings in the same period.
Knife crime has also fallen, with almost 40% fewer knife assaults this year compared to last year.
The Scottish Government continues to focus on changing attitudes towards carrying knives, through initiatives such as No Knives, Better Lives which educates young people about the real effects of knife crime.
I'd like to congratulate Police Scotland, and Strathclyde Police before them, for their hard work.
The Scottish Government recognises the importance of having activities available for young people to offer them alternatives to hanging around on the streets or turning to crime.
The CashBack for Communities scheme puts money which has been recovered from the proceeds of crime back into diversionary activities for young people.
Last summer I had an eye-opening experience at Aberlour's Youthpoint service in Glasgow.
Aberlour work with young people in the Govan and South West areas who are involved in gangs, drugs or alcohol misuse, crime or at risk of becoming involved.
I saw the huge difference charities such as Aberlour can make by giving these young people people something to do can help focus their minds and put them on a better path in life.
I won't be alone in having been told by my parents that the devil makes work for idle hands! Therefore, Government and local authorities must continue to fund activity and facilities for our young people.
Meanwhile, looking beyond Glasgow, the situation in Syria is worsening by the day.
If the UN inspectors in the country find evidence that Assad's regime used chemical weapons against their own people, those responsible should face the full accountability of the International Criminal Court.
The Scottish Government believes any military intervention should be on the basis of clear evidence, and within a clear legal framework.
The case for the UK's participation in military action has not been made, and that is why our MPs voted against the UK Government's motion last week. It is vital that any decision is made on evidence, and not a desire to rush to war.