Crime Fact Sheet, 2002
Crime Reporting Program Releases Hate Crime Statistics
Washington, DC -- Today, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting
(UCR) Program released its annual report, Hate Crime
Statistics, 2002. The publication revealed that during
2002, 12,073 local and state law enforcement agencies
reported 7,462 hate crime incidents (7,459 single-bias
incidents and 3 multiple-bias incidents) that involved
8,832 offenses committed by 7,314 offenders.
review of the 7,459 single-bias hate crime incidents
showed that 48.8 percent were racially motivated,
19.1 percent were based on a bias against a religious
group, 16.7 percent were motivated by a bias against
a sexual orientation, 14.8 percent resulted from an
ethnicity/national origin bias, and 0.6 percent were
based on a disability bias.
the 8,832 hate crime offenses reported in 2002, 67.5
percent were crimes against persons, 32.0 percent
were crimes against property, and less than 1 percent
were crimes against society. Intimidation was the
most frequently reported crime against persons at
52.1 percent. The offense of destruction/damage/vandalism,
at 83.1 percent, was the most often reported crime
to the UCR Program, a victim may be either a person,
a business, an institute, or society as a whole. In
2002, there were 9,222 victims of hate crimes. Of
these, 9,211 were victims of single-bias incidents,
and 11 were victims of multiple-bias incidents. A
breakdown of the data regarding victims in single-bias
incidents revealed that 49.7 percent were victims
of racial bias, 18.0 percent were victims of religious
bias, 16.4 percent were victims of sexual-orientation
bias, 15.3 percent were victims of ethnicity/national
origin bias, and less than 1 percent were victims
of disability bias.
of the hate crime victims in 2002 were murdered. Four
of these murders were associated with a racial bias,
4 with a sexual-orientation bias, 2 with an ethnicity/national
origin bias, and 1 with a religious bias.
were 7,314 known offenders reported in connection
with the 7,462 hate crime incidents. The UCR Program
collected data on these offenders' races that showed
that 61.8 percent were white, 21.8 percent were black,
1.2 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.6 percent
were American Indian/Alaskan Native. Groups comprised
of individuals of varying races made up 4.9 percent
of the offenders. The remaining 9.8 percent of offenders
were of unknown races.
An analysis of the data detailing the locations of
the hate crime incidents showed that the majority,
29.5 percent, occurred in residences or homes. Highways,
roads, alleys, or streets accounted for the locations
of 20.0 percent of the incidents; schools or colleges
composed the settings of 10.6 percent of the incidents;
and parking lots or garages made up the locations
of 6.2 percent of the incidents. The remaining percent
were incidents distributed among various locations.
the 12,073 participating agencies that submitted hate
crime data to the UCR Program in 2002, approximately
15.5 percent reported at least one hate crime in their
jurisdictions. The number of participating agencies
in 2002 increased 0.7 percent from the number of agencies
that participated in 2001.
complete report, Hate Crime Statistics, 2002, is available
on the FBI’s Internet site at <www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm>.