Police forces in some parts of the country are closing nearly a half of investigations into racially and religiously-aggravated offences without identifying a suspect, new analysis shows.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has vowed to avoid a “culture of acceptance” on hate crime as a new report showed nearly half of recorded offences took place in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A hate crime victim is backing a police campaign urging other victims to report the offence.
Hundreds of hate crimes were committed in Aberdeenshire over the past year.
A top police officer believes racist abuse in the north-east is becoming as unacceptable as drink-driving - but acknowledged more needs to be done.
Despite the work of LGBT charities and the success of events such as Grampian pride, hate crimes against LGBT people have nearly doubled in the last year.
Four teenagers have been charged with hate crimes involving the racial abuse of fellow pupils at an Aberdeenshire school.
British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after five men shouted and sang songs "of a religiously offensive nature."