Crime and Violence

Crime and Violence

If you need to report a crime that’s happening now, call 999. If it’s not an emergency call 101 or use the online contact form

Do you want to pass on information about a crime anonymously through a charity ? Do you want a look at Scotland’s Most Wanted? Check out Crimestoppers.

Have you been affected by knife crime? Do you know someone who has? Visit No Knives Better Lives.

One Punch

A night out relaxing with friends can be the perfect way to unwind. Unfortunately, alcohol affects people in many different ways and how we react to alcohol can vary. Alcohol is a key element in the majority of violent crime and anti-social behaviour in Scotland. Over a half of 'one punch' crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol.

Hate Crime

Hate Crime is "any crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by malice and ill-will towards a social group."

This means targeting someone because of their

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

Anyone can think an incident is motivated by hate and report it, even if they are not the intended victim.

If someone thinks the incident is a hate crime the police will record and investigate it as one.

You can report a Hate Crime as follows:

Help and Support

Victim Support Scotland

If you’ve been a victim of, or witnessed, a crime there is help and support available through the charity Victim Support. They have advice if you need to go to court and can also direct you to other support organisations.