The FBI today reported 7,783 hate-crime incidents and 9,691 victims (including individuals, businesses, and institutions) for 2008, were reported to us by our law enforcement partners across the country. There were 7,624 incidents reported for 2007, but the number of jurisdictions reporting in the two years differed: 13,241 in 2007 and 13,690 in 2008. The biggest increases last year were in the categories of violence motivated by religious and sexual orientation.
Of the 2008 incidents, 5,542 were classified as crimes against persons. Seven murders were reported as hate crimes. Crimes against property included 3,608 offenses. Of the 6,927 known offenders, 61.1 percent were white, 20.2 percent were black, and 11.0 percent were of an unknown race. Some 31.9 percent of hate crimes took place in or near homes; while 17.4 percent took place on highways, roads, alleys, or streets; 11.7 percent in schools and colleges; 6.1 percent in parking lots and garages; and 4.2 percent in churches, synagogues, or temples.