A Scottish organisation with members from Historic Environment Scotland, Police of Scotland, Treasure Trove, City of Edinburgh Council and the Association of Planning Enforcement Officers aims to address and repair the heritage crime that is frequently seen across Scotland. The Group is called Scotland Heritage Crime Group (SHCG).
Heritage crime is any form of criminal activity which has caused damage to a historic asset, including vandalism, theft and international damage to both historic monuments and buildings.
The organisation intends on working together to tackle the damage and reduce the impact and cost of heritage crime in Scotland through raising awareness of the impacts of criminal damage and strengthening information-sharing between the partnering services.
This task was announced on World Heritage Day, the yearly event which is celebrated across the world, raising awareness of the impact that protection and preservation has on cultural heritage.
Alongside the SHCG, organisation Crimestoppers are planning to launch a new campaign to encourage members of the public to voice their opinion anonymously and share any potential inside knowledge of damage caused to Scotland’ historic buildings and monuments.