Civil Rights

2011 Hate Crimes Report

The report is available for downloading in Adobe Acrobat format.

Executive Summary

The 2011 Hate Crimes in Florida Report, contains data reported by individual local law enforcement agencies throughout Florida. These agencies reported the occurrence of hate crime incidents in 2011 under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) information system. Currently, 407 agencies participate in the UCR system and this report is based solely on the information provided to FDLE by the reporting agencies.

Of the 407 participating agencies, 58 agencies reported hate crimes in 2011, compared to 65 agencies that reported hate crimes the previous year. This year's total represents 14.2 percent of the agencies that participate in the UCR reporting system.

The report shows the number of hate crimes committed, and the nature of the alleged motivation behind the offenses. During 2011, there were 139 reported hate crimes in Florida. Hate crimes motivated by the victim's race represented 43.2 percent of all reported hate crimes, followed by religion at 20.9 percent; sexual orientation at 20.1 percent; ethnicity/national origin at 15.1 percent; and mental disability at 0.7 percent. No hate crimes were reported under the categories of physical disability or advanced age.

There are two categories of hate crime offenses: crimes against persons and crimes against property. Crimes against persons accounted for 67.8 percent of all incidents reported in 2011, up from 66.4 percent in 2010, while crimes against property accounted for the remaining 32.4 percent, down slightly from 33.6 percent in 2010.

As variations may exist among law enforcement agencies in how hate crime data is gathered and reported, it is important to note that this report does not include unreported crimes or crimes that may be hate-related but are not classified as such by the local reporting agencies.

This report also does not include data regarding hate crimes committed against the homeless. Although homeless status was added as a protected class in Section 775.085, Florida Statutes in 2010, no data is available because homeless status is not part of the UCR and is not required to be collected by law enforcement agencies or FDLE as part of the Hate Crimes Reporting Act.