FBI Releases Hate Crime Statistics for 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report for 2016. As the statistical arm of the Bureau, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program focuses on collecting data for various types of crime with cooperation from law enforcement agencies across the country.

UCR states that approximately 15,254 law enforcement agencies participated and contributed to its data collection. Among its key findings, the report indicates that 6,121 hate crime incidents occurred in the last year, resulting in a total of 7,321 offenses. Of the hate crimes cited, there were 6,063 single-bias incidents and 58 multiple-bias.

The Program’s analysis revealed the following information:

  • Over 80% of the 7,321 hate crime offenses targeted individuals, and 5.5.% were directed at businesses or financial institutions.
  • Almost 58% (4,229 incidents) of single-bias crimes were motivated by race, ethnicity, and/or ancestry. Fifty percent of racially motivated crimes stemmed from anti-Black or African American bias while 20.7% showed anti-White bias.
  • 1,538 single-bias crimes were motivated by religious bias; 54% were motivated by anti-Jewish sentiment, and nearly 25% were anti-Islamic.
  • About 63% of sexual-orientation bias were classified as anti-gay (male).
  • There were 111 known anti-transgender offenses.

Hate crime incidents have gone up by 4.6% since the UCR Program’s 2015 report, though there was also an increase of 257 law enforcement agencies that participated last year.

In the publication, the FBI included its methodology and additional resources for the 2016 study. Find the link on the HSDL. Reports from previous years can be found on the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s official website.