A SCHEME for gay people to report hate crime is being stepped up in Kirklees.
Eight new centres have been established where incidents can be reported.
Organisers said they were making the move because many victims were uncomfortable about going to the police.
As much as three-quarters of crime against gay people goes unreported, it is believed.
The reporting centres will be in community rooms, housing offices and advice centres.
Trained workers will be on hand and the hope is the centres will be seen as less intimidating than police stations.
The centres are being set up by Kirklees Community Safety Partnership, which includes the council.
Spokesman Javier Santana-Acosta said: "Some gay men and lesbians are still wary of reporting crime to the police.
"They fear they may not be believed or be treated sympathetically."
Hate incident reporting centres were first introduced in January 2002 for both gay and racial incidents.
About 300 racist incidents were reported last year, but only 40 relating to gay people.
Mr Santana-Acosta said: "The centres have been very successful with racist crimes but the number of homophobic incidents being reported, although slowly increasing, is comparatively small."
Huddersfield groups involved in the new centres include the Brunswick Centre, Hugg (Huddersfield Gay Group) and Victim Support.
Reports can be made on the record or anonymously.