A Tayside detective has warned sexual predators that the net is closing in on them.
Local Detective Inspector Graham Binnie said police know how and where they operate as the force looks to focus on child abuse.
The warning comes as Police Scotland look to act on the recent Your View Counts survey.
The results showed that child sexual exploitation was one of the top concerns in the area and now police are looking to act on the public’s response.
DI Binnie said: “Our warning to sexual predators is that we know how you operate, we know where you operate and we are aware of the methods that you use to exploit young people.
“This is happening to girls and boys of all ages. Sexual predators may groom, coerce, intimidate or use violent acts to get what they want. Any child or young person regardless of gender, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation may experience this form of child abuse. Young people may be offered gifts, food, drugs, alcohol or affection in return for engaging in sexual acts.
“In Tayside, we work with a number of partners including Social Work, Health and Education, Barnardo’s and Shelter Scotland. We share information and are focused on preventing children from becoming victims.
“We have been involved in a number of events to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation so that everyone can recognise the warning signs. If you have any concerns for yourself, your friends or family or if you know someone who is exploiting a child or if you witness any concerning behaviour, tell us – we will listen, we will provide you with advice and support and we will take action.
“Call us on 101 or if you want to provide information anonymously, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”