Preventing Hate Crime
Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and national origin), religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity
It is possible for a crime to have more than one motivating factor (for example an offence may be Motivated by hostility towards the victim’s race and religion). Thus, as well as recording the overall Number of hate crimes.
Around five per cent of hate crime offences in 2016/17 are estimated to have involved more than One motivating factor, the majority of these were hate crimes related to both race and religion in London.
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2016/17 are estimated to have involved more than one motivating factor, the majority of these were hate crimes related to both race and religion.
A new smartphone app was launched to make it easier for Londoners to report hate crime and access support services. The app ,which is free to download and available on both Apple and Android platforms ,enables victims to immediately report an incident with the information going directly to the police via a secure server .
A Hate crime Reduction strategy has been developed by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) in close consultation with key partners including the Metropolitan Police Service, the Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice, as well as voluntary and community organisations across the capital.
According to recent statistics, since 2017, hate crime relating to faith has increased by 23.4%, transgender hate crime has grown by 86.2% and homophobic crime has gone up by 26.8%. This compares to the slightly lower increases in disability hate crime (12.5%), and racist and religious crime (19.7%).
The Mayor working to raise awareness of the ways of reporting hate crime to the police, so that they can take action to bring the perpetrators to justice and so that victims can get the support they need:
- By phone: call 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency.
- In person: At any police station with a front counter
- Through an app: the MOPAC Hate Crime reporting app can be downloaded for Android or Apple
- Online: at www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
- Community monitoring groups: you should report all hate crimes to the police, but you can also use community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA for Islamophobic incidents or the Community Security Trust for anti-semitic offences.
By working together we can encourage and support victims of hate crime to come forward. I would therefore welcome your help in spreading this message to raise awareness of the importance of reporting hate crime and the ways to do so amongst your friends, colleagues and communities.