Hate Crimes Decline Since 2003


The number of hate crime victimizations reported in 2009 was down nearly 40 percent from 2003, according to new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Of the 148,400 victimizations reported, 88 percent were perceived to be motivated by race or ethnicity. Eighty-seven percent were violent crimes, 13 percent were property crimes. Those who were victimized because of a disability—approximately 10 percent of the total—were least likely to report the incident to the police.

In 2009, hate crimes represented less than one percent of the total victimizations captured by the National Crime Victimization Survey.

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