L.A. County Sees Another Rise in Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are up again in Los Angeles County and have now reached their highest levels in nearly a decade, according to a new report from the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations. The county’s increase comes despite a slight reduction in hate crimes statewide.

The full study can be viewed here

Here are some highlights:

  • Hate crime reports in Los Angeles County jumped 2.6% in 2018. There were 521 incidences, the largest number since 2009.
  • Crimes against Latinos rose for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Gang-related hate crimes rose 36%. 
  • Religious crimes dropped slightly, but antisemitic crimes rose. 
  • Racial hate crimes comprised 52% of all hate crimes, increasing by 11%. 
  • Hate crimes linked to white supremacist ideology dropped 10%. 
  • Sexual orientation hate crimes rose 20% and made up 24% of the total. But crimes against transgender individuals fell 24%.
  • The Metro SPA Region IV saw the most incidents, followed by the San Fernando Valley Service Planning Area (SPA) Region II. The highest rate adjusted for population was in the Metro SPA followed by West SPA Region V.


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