Hundreds of housing association tenants have nearly halved crime in their community by hiring police officers to patrol the streets.

Reidvale Housing Association, which manages 950 properties in Glasgow's Dennistoun area, has paid Strathclyde Police £15,000 to provide two hours of additional policing, two nights a week, over the past 12 months.
The scheme, which costs each household 30 pence a week, has resulted in a dramatic fall in crime, particularly in reducing the incidents of fighting in the streets.

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