Hate Crime from 2008 to 2017
All law enforcement agencies, district attorneys, and elected city attorney’s offices in California, in cooperation with the Department of Justice, have developed local data collection programs and submit hate crime statistics annually. These statistics include the number of hate crime events, hate crime offenses, victims of hate crimes, and suspects of hate crimes. This page presents an analysis of the number and types of hate crimes over the past decade.
- The number of hate crime events increased 17.4 percent from 931 in 2016 to 1093 in 2017. However, the total number of hate crime events has decreased 21.8 percent from 2008 to 2017.
- Hate crimes with a racial bias are the most common, accounting for 55.7 percent of all hate crime events since 2008, followed by hate crimes with a sexual orientation bias, at 23.2 percent, and those with a religion bias, at 18.6 percent.
- In 2017, 65.6 percent of hate crimes were violent crime offenses and 34.4 percent were property crime offenses.