Report: Hate Crimes Are Up Again in Orange County

Orange County is experiencing an uptick in hate crimes, according to a new report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission.

Tuesday’s figures put the number of hate crimes at 56 in 2017, marking a third year increase. There were 50 reported hate crimes in 2016 and 44 the previous year.

“Hate incidents” motivated by race, sex or religion which don’t necessarily rise to the level of crimes are also up. The report said there were 94 in Orange County last year compared to 72 in 2016 and 43 in 2015.

Vandalism was the most common type of hate crime, followed by assault. Muslims were the most targeted group, with attacks on Muslims more than doubling. Jewish people experienced the second largest rates of victimization. Attacks on LGBT individuals were down.

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