Latest Hate Crime Statistics Now Available

During the year 2014, law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.  The good news is that the number of hate crime incidents went down  (5,928 criminal incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported in 2013).

A hate crime is defined as “a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.”

hatecrimesSome of the highlights from this latest report:

  • Of the 5,462 single-bias incidents reported in 2014, 47 percent were racially motivated. Other motivators included sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, and gender.
  • Of the 6,418 reported hate crime offenses, 63.1 percent were crimes against persons and 36.1 percent were crimes against property. The remaining offenses were crimes against society, like illegal drug activity or prostitution.
  • The majority of the 4,048 reported crimes against persons involved intimidation (43.1 percent) and simple assault (37.4 percent).
  • Most of the 2,317 hate crimes against property were acts of destruction, damage, and vandalism (73.1 percent).
  • Individuals were overwhelmingly the most common victim of a single-bias hate crime, accounting for 82.4 percent of the reported 6,418 offenses. The remaining victim types were businesses, financial institutions, religious organizations, government, and society or the public.
  • Also during 2014, law enforcement agencies reported 5,192 known offenders in 5,479 bias-motivated incidents. (In the UCR Program, “known offender” does not imply that the suspect’s identity is known, only that some aspect of the suspect was identified by a victim or witness—such as race, ethnicity, or age.)

Beginning in January 2015, law enforcement agencies started collecting more detailed information.  The religion category has expanded bias type and the added bias type of anti-Arab will be reported in the race/ethnicity/ancestry category.  Future reports will contain this added data.

 

 

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