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Hate Crime

There is no home for hate in Scotland.  Hate crime has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities. It is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Everyone in Scotland has the right to live their lives without fear of being attacked for who they are, where they come from, the colour of their skin, their religious beliefs or who they choose to love.


Hate crime. Report it to stop it.

Police Scotland take hate crime very seriously and will do everything that they can to bring those responsible to justice. There are a number of ways you can report a hate crime to Police Scotland:

  • 999 Police Emergency, always call 999 to report immediate danger of harm
  • By telephone 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
  • If deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired:
  • Text (SMS) 999 (emergency), contact BSL, or text 18001 (non-emergency).
  • You can report a hate crime in person at any police station
  • Or you can complete a hate crime reporting form

If you do not feel comfortable reporting directly to the police, 3rd party reporting centres (support organisations) are there to help you.

Police Scotland work in partnership with a wide variety of organisations who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. These organisations have trained staff to assist people in submitting a report to the police, and can make such a report on their behalf.

Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups.

Find your nearest Third Party Reporting Centre.

Crimestoppers are a charity that give people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously. They do not ask for many personal details.

You can call on 0800 555 111 or complete the online reporting form to report a hate crime.

They also have a language translation service and can take reports anonymously using this service.

How to use the Silent Solution

You may be in a position or situation where you are unable to communicate verbally with the emergency service provider.

  • Call 999
  • Make yourself known by coughing or tapping
  • Press 55 for silent system