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Hate Crime Reporting Increases

14th October 2016
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Hate Crime Reporting Increases

The number of people reporting incidents of hate crime in Derbyshire has risen.

According to the latest figures, 509 people reported offences of this nature between August 2015 and August 2016 compared to 421 between August 2014 and August 2015 – a rise of 20 per cent.

In the most recent period, race was the most common motivation behind the hate crimes reported to police.

Derbyshire police recognises records and monitors hate crime. Hate crime is defined as any incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or another person as being motivated by prejudice, hate or intolerance on the grounds of disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or alternative sub-culture.

The force has released these figures as part of national Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs between October 8 and 15.

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It is estimated that roughly 75 per cent of hate crimes go unreported, which is a shocking state of affairs. 

“I welcome any rise in the number of incidents reported, as only by people coming forward can we really get to the root of the problems and stamp out this totally unacceptable behaviour.  Many people may think that what they are experiencing as a victim of hate crime is not important and don't want to trouble anyone. I say if you report it then it helps to ensure that the future behaviour of these perpetrators is stopped and tackled.”


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