Mollie Halpern: FBI statistics show the number of simple assaults is higher than intimidation offenses when it comes to hate crimes against people.
David Cuthbertson: Simple assaults accounted for 39.6 percent, while intimidation accounted for 37.5 percent.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is FBI, This Week. The recently released Hate Crime Statistics for 2012 is part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. David Cuthbertson, the assistant director for the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, explains hate crimes can be crimes against a person or property…
Cuthbertson: Hate crime is a criminal offense that is motivated in whole or in part by the offenders' biases.
Halpern: The FBI made modifications to begin collecting data for hate crimes against a particular gender and gender identity, such as transsexual or transgender individuals. The Bureau will also include an additional seven religions to its data collections.
Cuthbertson: The collection of data regarding these seven new religions, as well as an anti-Arab bias, is expected to begin January 2015.
Halpern: For more information, visit www.fbi.gov.