Nearly 200 charges of racially aggravated conduct reported during past two years 10th February 2011: Racism is rife in Fife.
Approximately 200 charges of racially aggravated conduct have been reported to local courts during the past two years.
An investigation by the Courier has, in fact, revealed troubling rates of racism in Fife; and the victims are now being urged against suffering in silence.
The statistics procured under freedom of information legislation show that between January 1, 2009, and November 12, 2010, nothing less than196 charges were recorded — the vast majority involved verbal abuse.
Taking a note of the disturbing state of affairs, the police chiefs are now encouraging the victims to come forward, while asserting they are determined to tackle all hate crime and encouraged.
The worse affected was Levenmouth area. As many as 47 crimes were logged over the period. It was followed by Kirkcaldy with a total of 43. North-east Fife witnesses 26 crimes and was closely followed by Dunfermline with 24.
Claiming all reports were taken seriously, Inspector Steven Mackay asserted the force has a high detection rate in relation to all types of hate crime.
Mackay added this was an area they have put a lot of effort in to over the years in partnership with a other agencies. A substantial number of these cases tend to involve verbal abuse, but they treat every single report extremely seriously.
Mackay went on to say they have a high detection rate for these kind of crimes and would encourage people experiencing problems to come forward and speak. Reporting hate crime could help to stop it from happening to others.