FBI, This Week: 2018 Hate Crime Statistics Released


November 14, 2019

The FBI’s latest Hate Crime Statistics report shows a slight decrease of 0.8 percent in bias-motivated crimes in 2018 when compared to the year before.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI’s latest Hate Crime Statistics report shows a slight decrease of 0.8 percent in bias-motivated crimes in 2018 when compared to the year before.

The report provides insight into the location, offenders, bias type, and victims of the 7,120 reported hate crimes last year.

Section Chief Scott Rago says while the percentage of hate crimes went down overall, it increased in some categories.

Scott Rago: Unfortunately, we did have a 37 percent increase in disability categories, mainly in the anti-physical—that increased by 87.5 percent. And in the gender identity category, we had a 41.2 percent increase. Primarily that included a 34 percent increase in anti-transgender and a 100 percent increase in anti-gender non-conforming.

Halpern: More than 16,000 of the country’s law enforcement agencies voluntarily submitted the data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.

The FBI conducts training to encourage law enforcement to report its data…

Rago: Adding to this data will allow the public and researchers and community leaders and local governments to raise awareness of the issue and gain a more accurate picture of hate crimes. It also allows law enforcement agencies to develop data-focused strategies and preventative measures, and that of course is the focus of the data.

Halpern: Read the report fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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