Dozens of people have reported being raped on a first or second date, according to our latest figures.
More than 160 people reported being raped in the very early stages of dating, in 2018/19.
It means that more than one in 10 rapes committed by someone other than a partner or ex-partner occurred on the first or second date. This figure includes people who met online, through dating apps or on social media.
Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald, Major Crime and Public Protection, said: "More than 160 people reported being raped on a first or second date last year - a shocking statistic - and even more so when you consider that this number is likely to be significantly under reported.
"No one should go on a date expecting or feeling entitled to sex, just as no one goes on a date expecting to be raped. Nor should anyone feel bullied, coerced or shamed into having sex because their date expects it or believes they're entitled to it because they paid for drinks or dinner.
“Our new campaign seeks to tackle these issues head on and make it clear that sex without consent is rape.”
The campaign is aimed primarily at 18 – 35 year old men, peak age for offending, and it builds on reinforcing our focus on consent and changing behaviour and attitudes towards sexual crime.
ACC MacDonald continued: "Sexual crime is a form of violence and although reporting is increasing we know that these types of crime remain under reported. Our ultimate aim, however, is preventing rape and sexual crime from occurring in the first place and getting the message across to those at risk of offending - No one is 'entitled' to sex whatever the circumstances. Sex without consent is Rape- so make sure you get consent".
For more information visit wecanstopit.co.uk
Sky phone scam
We would like to make people aware of a telephone scam currently being perpetrated by individuals claiming to be from the telecommunications company Sky.
The fraudster will call and claim that there is an outstanding maintenance bill which requires to be paid by debit or credit card, rather than using the direct debit which the customer already has set up.
This is of course untrue and we advise anyone who receives this type of call to terminate it and if in doubt contact Sky directly.
Anyone who has been the victim of this type of fraud should contact the Police on 101.
CI Scott acknowledges the 16 year sentence handed down to Andrew Morris, from Coupar Angus, for the culpable homicide of his son Kane and the attempted murder of an eight year old girl.
On Saturday 31st August, a 46 year old female was arrested for drink driving after striking 2 parked cars in Kestrel Way, Perth. (CR/23219/19)
A 16 year old male was responsible for stealing a pair of roller skates from a garden in Mercer Terrace, Perth on Friday 30th August. (CR/23187/19)
Overnight on Saturday 17th August a number of vehicles were damaged at Struan Motors, Crieff Rd, Perth when somebody ran over them. (CR/22838/19)
Between 7pm, Wednesday 28th and 7:30am, Thursday 29th August, a black Mazda 6 was scratched whilst parked outside Matalan, Victoria Street, Perth. (CR/22932/19)
Late on the evening of Sunday 1st September a black motor vehicle had its windscreen smashed on Union Lane, Perth. (CR/23244/19)
Overnight on Sunday 1st September a white BMW motor vehicle had one of its wing mirrors damaged on North Methven St, Perth (CR/23401/19)
About 8pm on Tuesday 27th August a yellow Orbea mountain bike was stolen from South Methven St, Perth (23439/19)
About 1:20am, Monday 2nd September, The Post Office, High Street, Burrelton was broken into. (CR/23227/19)
Between 6pm, Wednesday 28th and 8am, Thursday 29th August, a quantity of lead was stolen from the roof of a shed in Rossie Priory Estate, Inchture. (CR/23066/19)
Between 2pm and 3pm, Saturday 31st August, a purse was stolen from a handbag in Tesco, Welton Road, Blairgowrie. (CR/23116/19)
During the evening of Saturday 24th August, a quantity of wedding gift cards were stolen from The Dunkeld Hilton Hotel. (CR/23162/19)
Between Sunday 25th and Tuesday 27th August, a Honda Quad Bike was stolen from a farm building at Fowlis Wester. (CR/22752/19)
Between Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th August a white Pinnacle Hybrid Pedal Cycle and a black Saracen Hybrid Pedal Cycle were stolen from a garage in Drummond Terrace, Crieff. (CR/22733/19)
Between 3pm, Saturday 31st August and 9am, Sunday 1st September, the front registration plate was stolen from a grey Citroen Cactus which was parked in the car park at Leadenflower Road, Crieff. (CR/23188/19)
Overnight on Sunday 1st September Simon Howie’s butcher shop in Auchterarder had one of its windows smashed. (CR/23249/19)
Between midnight and 9am, Sunday 1st September, 3 windows were smashed at a property in Rossie Place, Auchterarder. (CR/23160/19)
Between 9:30am and 5pm, Saturday 31st August, a house at Forgan Grove, Forgandenny was broken into. (CR/23118/19)
Between 5:15pm, Thursday 29th and 10:40am, Friday 30th August, a gate was damaged in Mill Street, Kinross. (CR/22968/19)
Between 5pm, Thursday 29th and 8am, Friday 30th August, a debit card was stolen from Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross. (CR/23081/19)
Between 3:30pm and 4pm, Sunday 1st September, a red Hornet Mountain Bike was stolen from a garage in Sandport, Kinross. (CR/23179/19)
During the day on Sunday 1st September a wooden door at Burleigh Castle, Milnathort was vandalised when somebody carved writing on it. (CR/23325/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
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