FBI Releases 2018 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has released the annual Hate Crime Statistics report for 2018. Highlighting a slight decline in hate crime incidents, the report identifies 7,120 crimes in 2018, as opposed to 7,175 reported crimes last year. The majority of crimes are single-bias (7,036), involving 8,646 victims. The largest proportion of hate crimes stems from race, ethnicity, or ancestry biases, followed by biases against religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and gender.

Of the 5,566 hate crimes against persons, the majority were for intimidation, simple assault, and aggravated assault, followed by a small percentage of murders, rapes, and unclassified types. The remaining hate crimes represent offenses against property with the majority of acts being destruction/damage/vandalism. Overall, the percentage of hate crimes went down, however, violence against disability and gender categories increased significantly since the last year.

The report represents data from more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies that provide their statistics to the FBI. The goal of this data collection is to help the public and researchers to “gain a more accurate picture of hate crimes.” Furthermore, as hate crimes represent the highest investigative priority of the FBI’s civil rights program, this data facilitates the development of more nuanced approaches for hate crime prevention strategies.

In addition to data separated by incident type, victims, offenders, location, and jurisdiction, the UCR website provides information on Federal Crime data, human trafficking, and cargo theft. The website also includes Additional Publications, such as Crime in the United States, data regarding felonious and accidental in-the-line-of-duty deaths and assaults on officers (LEOKA), as well as the National Incident-Based Reporting System for incidents, offenses, victims, offenders, and arrestees (NIBRS).

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