FBI: Most hate crimes acts of vandalism

Hate crimes reported from Horry County (Source: FBI)
Hate crimes reported from Horry County (Source: FBI)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The FBI annual report on hate crime shows the majority of hate crimes committed in 2011 were acts of vandalism.

The offenses cataloged in this report are a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Breaking down those offenses by offense type show that 29.3 percent were acts of destruction or vandalism, 29 percent were intimidation, 22 percent were simple assault, 12.3 percent were aggravated assault, and less than half a percent were crimes against society.

According to the 2011 Hate Crime Statistics report, 46.9 percent of the 6,222 incidents reported were racially bias.

Almost 21 percent of incidents were motivated by sexual orientation bias, with an even smaller percentage (19.8) motivated by religion and ethnicity (11.6).

A total of 64 race-related crimes were reported in South Carolina in 2011. Locally there was one in Conway, three in Florence, three in Myrtle Beach and one in North Myrtle Beach. There were also three in Horry County.

Crimes motivated by religious bias total 36 in South Carolina. There was one in Briarcliffe Acres and two in Horry County.

Crimes motivated by bias of sexual orientation are even lower, totaling 20 in South Carolina with two reported in Florence.

There were no crimes reported for bias against ethnicity or disability in the Grand Strand or Pee Dee in 2011.

WMBF News Anchor Lauren Weppler spoke with the FBI about how hate crimes are reported and investigated. Get the latest on this story on WMBF News at 5.

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