Hate Crimes In Vermont Up In 2016, According To FBI Data

Nov 14, 2017

Reported hate crimes increased across the country and in Vermont last year, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

The data from the FBI says there were 25 hate crimes reported in Vermont last year — up from eight in 2015. It's also the highest number in the last seven years.

The FBI defines a hate crime as quote "a traditional offense like murder, arson or vandalism with an added element of bias."

The data released this week shows that last year the number of hate crimes rose to 6,121 from 5,850 in 2015 — a 4.6 percent increase.

Most of the victims in the 2016 data, 58.9 percent, were targeted because of their race or ethnicity.

Vermont's numbers were similar — 64 percent of victims were targeted for their race or ethnicity.

The statistics are reported voluntarily by local law-enforcement. According to the state, most Vermont law enforcement agencies participate.