Report: Majority of Hate Crimes Go Unreported to Police

About 250,000 hate crimes have been committed in the U.S. each year from 2004 to 2015, though most of them are not reported to police, the Bureau of Justice Statistics said in a report released late Wednesday. The report, which relied on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, showed the rate of hate crimes to be fairly consistent in the given time period, with no major increases or decreases. From 2011 to 2015, 48 percent of hate-crime incidents were motivated by racial bias, and about a third of victims said they believed they were targeted for their ethnicity or gender. Fifty-four percent of violent hate crimes went unreported from 2011 to 2015. Hispanics were also found to be the victims of violent hate crimes more frequently than whites, according to the report.