How big is the problem

Recorded hate crime
Prosecutions

Recorded hate crime

Data on the number of hate crimes reported and recorded by regional police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland was published for the first time in November 2010.

It was published by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

Recorded Hate Crime
Type 2006 2007 2008 2009
Race 39300 43426
Religion/Faith 1700 2083
Sexual Orientation 4300 4805
Transgender 300 312
Disability 800 1402
Total 46300 52028
Of which Antisemetic 703

The data relates to ‘recordable crimes’ under Home Office recording rules and indicates those offences that have been perceived as hate crimes by the victim or any other person.

All hate crimes are included and not additional to general crime (i.e. the figures for the relevant crime types, for example, robbery, assault etc.) Forces have only been collating data for the five strands of hate crime since 1st April 2008. (The above figures include estimates for the first quarter of 2008.)

Until now, the key figures available on hate crime have been those racially and religiously aggravated offences (both types lumped together) which are reported in the Home Secretary’s report on Race in the Criminal Justice System. That data is more limited as it only relates to four offence categories and only two of the five monitored victim strands. From 2012, the Home Office is expected to take over publication of this data.

Prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Annual Hate Crime Report gives data for prosecutions and their outcomes. This is summarised below.

Hate Crime Prosecutions by Type
Type 2005-6 2006-7 2007-8 2008-9
Racist & Religious 8868 11713 13008 11624
Homophobic 600 822 995 1013
Disability 0 0 183 393
Total Prosecutions 9468 12535 14186 13030
Hate Crime Prosecutions by Outcome
Outcome 2005-6 2006-7 2007-8 2008-9
Unsuccessful 2914 2869 2340
Convictions 9621 11317 10690
Total Prosecutions 12535 14186 13030
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