Percentage of Hate Crimes Reported to Police Falls in The Last Decade


The percentage of hate crimes reported to the police fell from 46 percent between 2003 and 2006 to 35 percent between 2007 and 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The percentage of violent hate crime victims who did not report the crime because they believed the police could not or would not help increased from 14 percent in 2003-06 to 24 percent in 2007-11. In the 2007-11 period, people 12 or older experienced an annual average of about 259,700 hate crimes. The majority of hate crime victimizations are motivated by racial or ethnic bias. That percentage dropped from 63 percent in 2003-06 to 54 percent in 2007-11. The percentage of hate crimes motivated by religious bias more than doubled across the two periods, from 10 percent to 21 percent. About 92 percent of all hate crimes in 2007-11 were violent victimizations, up from 84 percent from 2003-06.

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