We encourage everyone to report incidents of hate that they experience or witness.
If you have been targeted because of your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, we want you to report it. If you are aware of someone else being targeted, we also want you to report it.
What is hate crime?
Being targeted for your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity could be considered a hate crime. You can also be targeted for more than one characteristic or perceived characteristic.
Police Scotland takes hate crime very seriously. We will take appropriate action and do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.
Everyone in Scotland has rights that protect them from hate crime. Whether you live in Scotland, are here to work, or are visiting Scotland, you are protected by law from hate crime. This includes if you are currently seeking asylum or refugee status.
If English is not your first language, we will seek the assistance of an interpreter/BSL interpreter for you. This is to help you give us your report in your first language.
We want you to feel safe and comfortable when speaking to us. Where possible we will arrange to speak with you at a place you feel comfortable. You can also have a support person present.
Reporting a hate crime
We will listen to you, provide support and take appropriate action. Here is a summary of what will happen when you report a hate crime:
We will listen to you, your report will be investigated and we will offer you victim support
You will be contacted by an officer either by phone, in person or by your preferred method of contact
Police Scotland will take appropriate action and you will be kept informed
If Police Scotland has enough evidence, the person responsible will be charged with the offence and reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
If there is not enough evidence we will still record your report as a hate incident and offer you support*
Once your case is with the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal service you will be kept updated on the progress of your case.
*It is important to still report non-criminal hate incidents. This helps us get a clearer picture of what is happening in Scotland and where to focus our attention.
You can contact us and report hate crime in the following ways:
- By phoning 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency)
- In person at any police station
- By completing a hate crime reporting form
- At a Third Party Reporting Centre
- Text 999 (registered users only)
- Contact Scotland-BSL
- Keep Safe Scotland App
Getting support when reporting hate crime
In some cases victims and witnesses of hate crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police. They may feel more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with or they may want support when they report.
To ensure everyone is able to report hate crime, Police Scotland works closely with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of Third Party Reporting Centres.
These partners have been trained to assist people in submitting a report to the police and can make reports on your behalf.
An 83 year old woman was charged with Careless Driving after failing to give way at a junction in Scott Street, Perth and colliding with another vehicle on Tuesday 22nd March.
A 36 year old man was arrested for breaking into a shop premises in Canal Street, Perth on Thursday 24th March
A 42 year old man was arrested for being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine in South Street, Perth on Saturday 26th March
A 17 year old man was arrested for drink driving in Benton Road, Auchterarder on Saturday 26th March. He also had no driving licence and no insurance
During the last week 5 drivers were found to be without insurance, 1 had no licence and 1 had no MOT
Between 6pm, Tuesday 22nd and 6am, Wednesday 23rd March, a window was broken at Bright Start Nursery, Whitefriars Crescent, Perth. (CR/12148/22)
Between 10:30pm, Thursday 24th and 6:45am, Friday 25th March, a quantity of tools were stolen from a silver Ford Transit parked in Strathview Terrace, Perth. (CR/12654/22)
Between 2pm and 5:30pm, Tuesday 22nd March, a package containing cups and saucers was stolen from outside a property in Stirling Road, Milnathort. (CR/12504/22)
Between 8am and 4:30pm, Saturday 26th March, the rear window of a white Kia was smashed whilst parked in Duchlage Court, Crieff. (CR/12961/22)
Overnight on Monday 21st March, the windscreen of a silver Vauxhall Insignia was damaged whilst parked in Glenshee Drive, Rattray. (CR/12560/22)
About 1:35am, Tuesday 29th March, an attempt was made to steal a quantity of copper wiring from the Substation, Pleasance Road, Coupar Angus. (CR/1286/22)
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 link:-