On Tuesday (Feb 7th), I had the opportunity to see an innovative online tool for reporting hate crime – ‘True Vision’.
The website at www.report-it.org.uk offers information to victims, downloadable resources and the ability to report crimes online. To date over 1,300 reports have been made to the site with just over 300 of these relating to Internet offences.
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. Hatred may be on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. Sadly there is an increasing problem of hate crime being perpetrated via the internet.
The website relies on links to existing websites and on search engines. The online reporting facility enables hate crimes to be reported online where victims don’t wish to go directly to the police. Crimes can be reported by ‘third-party’ organisations too. The Community Security Trust (CST) is one such organisation in the Jewish community. They are offering to help other communities.
‘True Vision’ is an important step in the fight against hate crime. I encourage any constituents who are victims of a hate crime, wherever it occurs to visit www.report-it.org.uk.
The event coincided with Safer Internet Day – marked each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. To mark the occasion, the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism hosted the launch of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) scheme.
I am pictured with Superintendent Paul Giannasi, Manager of the True Vision programme.