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Police Scotland has today (18 February) launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of hate crime.
The initiative is focusing on workers in night-time industries such as fast-food outlets, convenience stores, taxi driving and door security, as they are said to be most at risk of experiencing hate crime. Police Scotland hopes to encourage more victims to come forward.
More than 6,700 hate crimes were recorded in Scotland in 2017/18 and 66% of them involved people being targeted because of their race. In addition, 16% had a sexual orientation aggravation and 7% a religious aggravation.
Chief Superintendent John McKenzie, head of safer communities, said: “Hate crime can have a devastating impact upon victims, their families and wider communities. It can leave victims feeling isolated and fearful of what might happen next. It’s important people know they can report it and how to report it.
“We work with partners including the Scottish government to raise awareness and encourage the reporting of hate crime. If victims don’t feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to police they can report to third party reporting centres who have staff that can identify hate crimes and offer support to victims.”
Partners in this year’s campaign include the Scottish Grocers Federation, Just Eat, the Security Industry Authority and Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
The police campaign runs from 18 February until 10 March.
Fife Centre for Equalities is running a Fife-wide campaign on reporting hate crime, if you or anyone you know has been affected by a hate incident, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we can support you.