Are hate crimes rising in West Hollywood like they are in Los Angeles?
The Los Angeles Times recently reported on a study that showed an overall 15% increase in hate crimes in Los Angeles in 2016. Hate crimes against LGBTQ people rose almost 25%. The study showed even bigger increases in the overall number of incidents in 2014 and 2015. We wondered whether hate crimes have also risen in West Hollywood.
Hate crimes in West Hollywood
The number of reported hate crime incidents has varied widely over the last 20 years in West Hollywood. The lowest count was four, which happened in 2000 and 2006. The highest was 21 in 2002. The average over the whole period was 10 incidents per year.
In recent years, the number dropped from 13 in 2012 to five in 2013. It stayed around that level in 2014 (seven incidents) and 2015 (six incidents), below the historical average of 10. We don’t know the total for 2016 yet.
Over a five-year period, almost two-thirds of West Hollywood’s hate crime incidents were motivated by sexual-orientation bias. A third were motivated by race/ethnicity bias. One incident was due to religion bias.
By contrast, hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity made up a quarter of the incidents in Los Angeles in 2015. Almost half of the incidents were motivated by race/ethnicity and one quarter by religion bias.
Hate crimes in nearby cities
In 2015, there were 192 reported hate crime incidents in Los Angeles, six in West Hollywood, two each in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, one in Burbank, and none in Culver City. Of those cities, Los Angeles was the only one with a clear year-over-year increase, from 152 to 192.
Hate crimes per capita
On a per capita basis, West Hollywood had many more reported incidents than nearby cities.
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