Cracking down on hate crime

A GROUP set up to improve the lives of the vulnerable has already started making a difference.

The East Dunbartonshire Multi Agency Diversity Incident Monitoring Group (MADIM) was established to tackle crime and incidents targeted at groups such as minorities and the elderly.

Having had three meetings to date, the group has already had a positive impact for East Dunbartonshire residents following a spate of housebreakings at the homes of OAPs in Kirkintilloch.

With members including East Dunbartonshire Council, Strathclyde Police, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the body has ensured the reinforcement of entry routes to victims’ properties, provided crime prevention advice and referred vulnerable people to social work, victim support and home care. One of the perpetrators has now been reported to the procurator fiscal.

At the latest meeting the group discussed Strathclyde Police’s Bogus Crime Initiative and the latest incidents of hate crime within the area and highlighted the need to organise a presentation for schools to combat racist and homophobic incidents amongst young people.

Councillor Ashay Ghai said: “The council has recently launched its new Equality and Human Right Policy which is a pledge of our commitment to challenging inequality, discrimination and disadvantage in East Dunbartonshire.

“Although in its infancy, this group is already proving to be extremely effective, and we will continue to work together to tackle hate crime and incidents targeting vulnerable people within our communities.”