Police recorded hate crime
Last week (13 October 2015) the Home Office published the hate crime figures for 2014/15.
In 2014/15, there were 52,528 hate crimes recorded by the police, an increase of 18 per cent compared with the 44,471 hate crimes recorded in 2013/14, of which:
- 42,930 (82%) were race hate crimes;
- 5,597 (11%) were sexual orientation hate crimes;
- 3,254 (6%) were religion hate crimes;
- 2,508 (5%) were disability hate crimes; and
- 605 (1%) were transgender hate crimes.
[It is possible for one hate crime offence to have more than one motivating factor which is why the above numbers add up to more than 52,528/100%.]
There were increases in offences recorded for all five of the monitored hate crime categories. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has confirmed that action taken by police forces to improve their compliance with the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) has led to improved recording of crime over the last year, especially for violence against the person offences.
This better recording, together with a greater awareness of hate crime, and improved willingness of victims to come forward, are the main factors most likely to account for this rise in hate crime recorded by the police.
Crime Survey hate crime figures
Based on combined data from the 2012/13 to 2014/15 CSEWs, there were an estimated 222,000 hate crimes on average per year for the five monitored strands. The most commonly reported motivating factor in these hate crime incidents was race, with an average of 106,000 incidents a year and the second most common motivating factor was disability (70,000 incidents per year).
Worryingly, even though CSEW respondents stated that 48% hate crimes came to the attention of the police, the overall CSEW hate crime figure is over four times that recorded by police.
Just as concerning is the fact that hate crime victims were less likely to be satisfied by the police handling of the incident, with 52 per cent being very or fairly satisfied compared with 73 per cent for crime overall.
It remains extremely concerning that figures from CSEW suggest that less than one in 25 disability hate crimes were reported to and recorded by the police.