Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

Stock image depicting a crime scene with evidence markers

Stock image depicting a crime scene with evidence markers

A report from the federal agency indicated that this number represents an increase of 4.6 percent, compared to 2015, when 5,850 crimes motivated by prejudices related to race, religion, sexuality, national origin or disability were reported, among others.

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.

Meanwhile, nearly one in five of last year's hate crimes were motivated by prejudices related to sexual orientation, 63 percent of them targeting gay men.

Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes previous year, up from 109 in 2015. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes. Wisconsin reported 34 hate crimes past year.

More than half of those against people were assault cases, while almost 45 percent were crimes of intimidation. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even.

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The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990.

The incidents were reported by almost 16,000 law enforcement agencies and affected a total of 7,615 victims.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Of those crimes past year, 25 were motivated by race, two by religion, and 12 by sexual orientation.

"There's a unsafe 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. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

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