WHAT IS HATE CRIME?
Hate and Signal Crimes and incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident where the perpetrator’s hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised.
A hate and signal crime or incident will be recorded where it is perceived that the perpetrator’s hostility or prejudice against any person or property is on the grounds of the victim’s ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, political opinion or disability.
The impact of hate and signal crime can be long lasting and far reaching, going beyond the victim’s own experience to change the behaviour and increase fear in the victim’s wider family / group / community. It can also increase fear and change behaviour of individuals/families and groups around the local and regional areas once knowledge spreads of hate incidents. Hate crime differs from other crime as low level hate incidents can lead to more serious types of incidents occurring and therefore victims of low level incidents should to report these to us.
Our aim is to keep people safe by reducing crime and the fear of crime; preventing re-offending and bringing to justice those who break the law. We are also committed to increasing public confidence through effective, efficient, visible and accountable policing. In pursuit of all of these commitments we will be an effective partner in working with other criminal justice agencies, other partner statutory and voluntary organisations and the whole community, in order to tackle hate and signal crime
However, our key priority, in terms of hate and signal crime, is to ensure that the needs of the victim are paramount and that these in turn will shape the nature of the police response and subsequent investigation.
Hate crimes have one of the highest repeat victimisation rates and can take many forms, including:
- Verbal abuse/Intimidation and Harassment
- Physical assault which can include; punching, slapping, hair pulling, biting, burning hitting, choking or kicking
- Criminal damage to property