|Year||Participating Agencies||Agencies Reporting 1 or more Hate Crime||Total Hate Crime Incidents Reported|
This dataset provides a year-by-year breakdown from 2000 to 2015 of the following parameters related to hate crimes in the United States:
- Participating Agencies: This column refers to the number of agencies that participated in the hate crime reporting program in each given year.
- Agencies Reporting 1 or More Hate Crime: This refers to the number of participating agencies that reported at least one incident of hate crime in a particular year.
- Total Hate Crime Incidents Reported: This is the total number of hate crime incidents reported by all participating agencies in each year.
From the table, a few insights can be gleaned:
- Participation of Agencies: The number of participating agencies fluctuated over the years but overall, there is a general increase from 11,690 in 2000 to 14,997 in 2015. This suggests an increased awareness or willingness to report and handle hate crimes over time.
- Agencies Reporting Hate Crimes: The number of agencies that reported one or more hate crimes varied from year to year. The highest number was reported in 2008 (2,145), and the lowest in 2014 (1,666). Despite the overall increase in participating agencies, this doesn’t necessarily correlate to more agencies reporting hate crimes.
- Total Hate Crime Incidents: The number of total reported hate crimes also fluctuates over the years. A peak can be observed in 2001 (9,730) – which might be attributed to the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks causing a surge in hate crimes, especially those targeting certain ethnic or religious groups. After this spike, the number of reported incidents generally declined until around 2007-2008, after which there seems to be a slight upward trend until 2015.
These insights, however, should be taken with caution. The data only shows the number of reported hate crimes and agencies reporting them. There might be underreporting or non-participation from certain areas or towards specific groups. The legislation, enforcement, and public awareness regarding hate crimes can also significantly impact these numbers.
Source: Hate Crime Statistics Comparison 2000-2015 – Agencies & Incidents Reported