This year's hate crime campaign focuses on people who work in the night time economy, for example taxi and private hire drivers, those working in late night retail stores and takeaways, and security staff in licensed premises. Research shows that these individuals are more likely to be victims of hate crime, and we aim to raise awareness of the problem and encourage reporting of incidents to police.

A hate crime is “any crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards a social group ”.  Perpetrators of hate crime focus on targeting individuals on the basis of actual or presumed:

  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion/Belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity  

Key Messages

  • Regardless of your occupation, no matter the circumstances, the where or when, hate crime is never acceptable and should be reported. If you are reporting hate crime, you will be taken very seriously, it will be fully investigated and you will be treated with respect.
  • Police Scotland encourages anyone who has witnessed or been the victim of hate crime whether because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity to report it.
  • Hate crime can have a long lasting impact on the victim, witnesses and wider communities. What may seem to you like a minor incident can have a major impact. Help us help victims and communities by reporting hate crime.
  • It is only through reporting hate crime that we can form a more complete picture of the issue and address it in the most robust manner possible.
  • There are a number of reasons why people don’t report hate crime, including the ‘normalisation’ of this kind of behaviour. It shouldn’t just be part of life, it’s not part of your job and alcohol is no excuse. Hate crime is never acceptable and it will not be tolerated.
  • People across Scotland are being asked to play their part in eradicating hate crime. Let victims know you don’t condone it and they’re not alone. Help us tackle hate crime by speaking up and reporting offences.
  • Do not be a bystander, if you witness hate crime, don’t ignore it. If the incident makes you feel uncomfortable or it seems wrong, it most likely is! Report it via 101, 999 in an emergency, or using our online hate crime reporting form.
  • Reporting hate crime is easier than you think. To find out more information about reporting hate crime click here. There are also over 400 third party reporting sites across Scotland, which offer support to report. A full list of these can be found here.
Click here to read about the real life experiences of hate crime as told by Muhammed Saquib Majeed, founder and President of the Scottish Ethnic Private Hire Welfare Association.