There is a serious issue of under reporting of incidents of hate crime.
This may be for the following reasons:
- lack of awareness of what hate crime is
- people accepted that certain types of conduct just happened to 'people like them'
- a feeling by victims that they do not have a strong enough case to take to the police
- a general lack of confidence in the police
- victims fear more attacks if they report it
How can we encourage people to report hate crime?
Third party reporting
If people don't feel comfortable about reporting a crime to the police they can use a third party reporting centre.
These are places in the community where staff take down the details of what's happened and pass this on to the police.
Are third party reporting centres a useful way to encourage people to report hate crimes?
Yes / No
Please tell us why?
Email: Independent review of hate crime legislation - secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House