FBI releases new hate crimes stats

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For 2011, the FBI reports there were 6,222 hate crime incidents involving 7,254 offenses.

The statistics are in the newly released Hate Crime Statistics, 2011 report and show a slight decline overall from 2010.

The incidents included acts of vandalism, intimidation, assault, rape and murder, according to the report, which contains details on location, bias motivation, victim type, number of individual victims, number of offenders and race of offenders.

The FBI reported 6,216 single-bias incidents – 46.9 percent were racially motivated, 20.8 percent resulted from sexual orientation bias, 19.8 percent were motivated by religious bias, 11.6 stemmed from ethnicity/national origin bias and 0.9 percent were prompted by disability bias.

The number of hate crimes based on sexual orientation bias increased from 2010 to 2011 – from 1,470 in 2010 to 1,508 in 2011.

There were 7,713 victims of hate crime victims – individuals, businesses, institutions, or society as whole.

Thirty-two percent of the 6,222 hate crime incidents reported took place in or near residences; 18 percent took place on highways, roads and alleys; and 9.3 percent took place at schools or colleges. The other incidents took place at locations like houses of worship, parking lots, bars, government and office buildings.

Nearly 70 percent of the perpetrators of hate crimes in 2011 were identified as white.

About 45.6 percent of the hate crimes against people were acts of intimidation, 34.5 percent were simple assault, 19.4 percent were aggravated assault. The FBI also reported four murders and seven rapes.

With the release of statitics for 2011, the FBI announced that in 2013 law enforcement agencies will be more specific in hate crimes reports. New bias categories will be added – for gender and gender identity – as a result of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Information on the new categories won’t be seen until late 2014, when the FBI releases hate crimes data for 2013.

The highest number of hate crimes recorded by the FBI occurred in 2001 – 9,730 incidents.