Law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2008 identified 6,927 known offenders in 7,783 bias-motivated incidents. In the UCR Program, the term known offender does not imply that the suspect’s identity is known; rather, the term indicates that some aspect of the suspect was identified, thus distinguishing the suspect from an unknown offender. Law enforcement agencies specify the number of offenders and, when possible, the apparent race of the offender or offenders as a group.
A review of available race data reported in 2008 for the 6,927 known hate crime offenders revealed that:
Crimes against persons
A total of 5,613 known hate crime offenders committed offenses that were crimes against persons in 2008. Of these offenders:
Crimes against property
A total of 1,758 known hate crime offenders committed offenses that were crimes against property in 2008. Of these offenders:
Crimes against society
In 2008, 27 known offenders committed 18 offenses that were crimes against society involving 18 victims. Crimes against society are collected only via the NIBRS. (See Table 2.)