Reports of hate crimes hit record high

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Police figures have shown the number of reported hate crimes in England and Wales rose by 10 per cent in the past year.

Police recorded 103,379 hate crime reports in 2018/19, more than double the 2012/13 figures of 42,255.

Race played a part in more than three-quarters of all reported hate crimes, and there was a significant increase in the number of reported offences related to gender identity, sexual orientation and disability.

The Home Office said the overall increase in reports was partly due to improvements in the way crimes were recorded and may also reflect a “real rise” in the number of hate crimes.

Met Police said they were taking action as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs until October 19.

Superintendent Waheed Khan said all reports would be taken seriously by police.

“London is such a diverse and tolerant city, but too many still feel marginalised, or worse intimidated to go about their daily lives due to their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender or disability,” he said.

“The Met has seen an increase in the reporting of all types of hate crime, and this rise is in part due to the growing willingness of victims to report crime and improved awareness by police.”

Other police organisations have launched their own anti-hate campaigns. British Transport Police looked at the impact a hate crime can have on the victims, while Lincolnshire Police urged people no to act like a “dinosaur”.

Hate crimes are defined as those perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice of a characteristic.

Five strands are monitored nationally: Race or ethnicity; religion or beliefs; sexual orientation; disability; and transgender identity.

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