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Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

14 November 2017
Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

In those findings, the organization determined more LGBTI people have died in hate-related homicides in 2017 so far than all of 2016.

The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year.

Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation.

According to the agency's annual Hate Crime Statistics released Monday, 39 hate crimes were reported in the state in 2016, down five from 2015.

Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent).

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people.

In releasing the figures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said hate crimes remain the "number one investigative priority" of its civil rights unit and pledged to continue collecting data on the problem. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

Anti-Catholic crimes also increased by 9 incidents.

Another 21.0 percent were for religion, and 17.7 percent sexual orientation. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.