Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

By Steve Neavling

By Steve Neavling

Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately previous year, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion - in the Bay Area, one of the most high-profile attacks was a swastika painted on Temple Sinai in Oakland on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest Jewish days of the year.

The number of reported hate crimes in Georgia decreased in 2016 from the previous year, according to newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation data. That's up about 5 percent from the year before. Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report.

The latest statistics are based on voluntary reporting from almost 16,000 United States law enforcement agencies.

Some civil rights groups caution that the FBI's annual figures are artificially low because they rely on voluntary reporting.

The FBI did not give a reason for a rise in reported hate crimes.

There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Mr. Sessions said.

The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents.

Maryland State Police report not just hate "crimes", but also "incidents", which could include things such as intimidation, which may not be considered a crime.

In Ogden there were 4 reports of hate crimes against someone's sexual orientation; in all there were nine reports of sexual orientation hate crimes.

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