REPORTS of racism, homophobia and harassment in Kirklees have rocketed in the last year.
The number of cases reported to the council's Nuisance and Harassment Team between April, 2003, and March this year has risen 74%.
Reported hate incidents - those involving racial or homophobic harassment - went up 63%.
But of the cases reported to the team - which responds to complaints by council tenants - only 48 ended in legal action. This is an increase of 26% on last year.
The team's annual report was presented to councillors at the latest Housing Management Committee meeting.
Principal housing manager Steve Wilkinson said the increases were worrying.
He said they were due in some parts to asylum-seekers being housed in the area.
"We have seen a rise in some areas like Newsome, where asylum-seekers have been housed, and I think the increase is in part due to this," he said.
"Race problems have increased more in north Kirklees than the south.
"Hopefully, we can help these people and try to educate those who commit race hate crime.
"Seeing an increase is a mixed bag for us. Ideally, we would hope to see a reduction.
"But at least these figures tell us people are reporting these incidents. We can then deal with them," said Mr Wilkinson.
"With regards to anti-social behaviour, I think the figures show we and the council are serious about stopping it.
"People are now more aware that there are ways to report problems."
Areas that have seen a sharp increase in race hate incidents include Newsome, Heckmondwike and Ravensthorpe.
Areas that have suffered from a rise in anti-social behaviour include Dalton and Dewsbury.
But Almondbury has reduced the number of reported anti- social behaviour incidents from 21 to seven.