September 10, 2011
Police record more incidents of homophobic hate crime
Police figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show a rise in recorded incidents of homophobic, transphobic and disablist hate crime. However, overall levels of recorded hate crime have fallen.
Hate crime fell from 51,920 recorded incidents in 2009 to 48,127 incidents in 2010. There was a small rise in recorded crimes committed on the grounds of sexual orientation during this period, from 4,805 offences in 2009 to 4,883 in 2010.
There was also a 14% increase in recorded incidents of transphobic hate crime. Recorded crimes based upon disability rose by more than a fifth.
The overall drop in hate crimes can be linked to a 9% fall in recorded incidents of racist crime. Over 80% of recorded hate crimes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are based upon race.
“It is good to see progress but there is still a long way to go before we can be satisfied that hate crime victims are properly protected,” said Iqbal Bhana, deputy chairman of the Government’s hate crime advisory group.
Chief Constable Stephen Otter of The Association of Chief Police Officers emphasised that the recorded figures reflect the “under-reporting” of certain offences.
“The 2010 data importantly shows increases in disability and transgender hate crime. While we would obviously want to see reductions in the incidence of all hate crime, we know that these crimes have been significantly under-reported in the past,” he said.
“I would encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to their local police or to use True Vision, our online reporting facility at www.report-it.org.uk.”
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