For many people fear of crime in the city centre is a reason to stay away but, while it is not crime-free, our latest statistics show it is probably safer than a lot of people imagine.
The many beats that make up Glasgow city centre have been the focus of a targeted policing operation, to prevent serious crime by picking up on even the most minor offences and taking action.
The drunk detained for breach of the peace or hurling abuse early in the evening could, if unchecked, be the perpetrator or victim of a serious assault hours later.
High-visibility policing has two effects - it can be a deterrent as people are aware that a police officer is never far away, and it is reassuring for the law-abiding majority.
Of course, the rate of crime, especially violence, even though falling, is still too high in the city and by continuing the focus on prevention though early intervention, can be reduced even further.
Too many nights out in Glasgow city centre still end up in an accident and emergency department, but ever-vigilant policing targeting the hotspots with a fast response can help ensure more end up getting home safely.