The latest statistics on hate crimes recorded by the police and information on hate crime from the Crime Survey for England and Wales have been released.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Hate Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said:
“People should be able live their lives free of harassment and fear. It is likely that the majority of the increase in police recorded hate crime is down to more victims reporting and better recording, however, the rise in religious hate crime is likely to be genuine and linked to terror attacks in 2017.
“The police and our partners have worked hard to encourage hate crime victims to come forward and improve the service they receive. Since 2008, we have also made significant efforts to improve the ease of reporting, accuracy of our data systems and quality of investigation. Reports to police are leading to convictions with another 67 per cent of hate crime offenders being given an increased sentence in 2017/18.
“We will continue to work to bring offenders to justice and to protect our communities from such abuse. I would encourage anyone who suffers hate crime to report it to the police, either by calling 101 (999 in an emergency) or online through our True Vision web site at www.report-it.org.uk.”