Requests to the domestic abuse disclosure scheme have increased by 18 per cent since lockdown began.
Nearly 260 requests for disclosure were made between the start of lockdown on 23 March to 27 April 2020, compared to 219 in 2019.
Requests result in a decision about whether officers can make a disclosure in the interests of safeguarding a person.
Domestic abuse is an ongoing threat in our local communities and there remains an increased risk as people continue to observe isolation and physical distancing guidance.
Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse, tackling it and preventing it is a priority for us and that has not changed because of COVID 19.
Domestic abuse is seldom a one off. People who abuse are likely to do so again and again.
Survivors of abuse tell us that isolation is a tactic perpetrators use to restrict their opportunities to seek help and support from friends and families, via websites or through social media.
In the 12 months to 31 March 2020, Police Scotland received 2,648 requests for disclosure, a 66 per cent increase on the same period 2018/19 (1,596 applications).
In the same period more than 1200 disclosures were made to people indicating that their partner had an abusive past. This represents a 40 per cent increase on the same period the previous year (865 disclosures).
The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland remains in operation, and people can readily access the scheme if they are concerned that their partner or the partner of someone they know may have an abusive past.
Domestic abuse is everyone's business. We want to prevent harm by identifying people who may be at risk.
We will continue to treat reports of domestic abuse with the priority it deserves.
For more information about the disclosure scheme please visit the link below.
People needing support can also be put in touch with Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234, where support is available 24/7.
In the early hours of Wednesday 6th May two males, aged 18 and 23, were arrested after being disturbed attempting to get into vehicles parked on the forecourt of a motor retailer on Dunkeld Rd, Perth.
Following 2 housebreakings at neighbouring properties on Balhousie St, Perth in the early hours of Saturday 2nd May, a 39 year old male was arrested and charged with both offences.
Over the past week 14 drivers have been charged with driving without insurance; 5 charged with driving without a valid licence and 1 person was arrested for driving whilst disqualified.
Between 1pm and 3pm, Thursday 23rd April, a small table was stolen from the common close at 269 High Street, Perth. (CR/10804/20)
Between 4pm & 7pm on Monday 27th April a Raleigh bike was stolen from outside a home on Tulloch Square, Perth. (CR/10897/20)
Overnight on Friday 1st May, a Garmin Sat Nav was stolen from a black Vauxhall Astra in Needless Road, Perth. (CR/11294/20)
Between 3pm and 6pm, Friday 1st May, a bird bath and garden pots were stolen from Monart Road, Perth. (CR/11062/20)
Overnight on Sunday 3rd May a vacuum cleaner and wheelbarrow were stolen from a back garden in Tulloch Hill, Perth. (CR/11449/20)
Overnight on Thursday 26th March, a silver Peugeot 205 and a blue Peugeot 309 were damaged in Murray Place, Stanley. (CR/11044/20)
Between 11:30am, Monday 27th and 7:30am, Tuesday 28th April, a window was smashed at a property in Smith Lane, New Alyth. (CR/10818/20)
Overnight on Sunday 3rd May a garage at Nethermill near Meigle was subject to an attempted break-in. (CR/11373/20)
About 10pm on Thursday 30th April, number plates were stolen from a white Peugeot Camper van parked in the driveway of a property in Killiecrankie. (CR/10952/20)
Between 9am, Sunday 26th and 10am, Monday 27th April, damage was caused to snare traps and a fenn trap stolen from Glenturret Estate, Crieff. (CR/10810/20)
Between Thursday 23rd and Thursday 30th April, a vacuum cleaner was stolen from a communal close in Corlundy Crescent, Crieff. (CR/11212/20)
Between Friday 17th May and Friday 1st May a blue BMW M3 motor vehicle had its bodywork scratched on Commissioner St, Crieff. (CR/11415/20)
Overnight on Thursday 30th April, a grey Volkswagen Golf was damaged whilst parked in Viewfar Road, Milnathort. (CR/11004/20)
In the afternoon of Monday 4th May a trampoline at a property on Blackthorn Place, Blairgowrie was deliberately burnt with a cigarette multiple times. (CR/11451/20)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/
I would encourage you to sign up for notifications.
Guidance on how to protect your property is available via Community Watch as well as on the Police Scotland Website, just click or copy and paste the following links:-