Hate Crimes in Texas: A Breakdown

According to the FBI, Austin came in fourth among Texas cities in number of hate crimes reported in 2006

Austin came in fourth among Texas cities in number of hate crimes reported in 2006, according to a just-released FBI compilation that canvassed agencies representing 85% of the nation's population. Documented are 7,722 criminal incidents involving 9,080 offenses resulting from bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. Of 5,449 "crimes against persons," intimidation accounted for 46% of hate crimes, simple assault 32%, and aggravated assault 21.6%. Three murders and six rapes are reported. "Crimes against property," mostly vandalism, account for 3,593 offenses.

The report lists offenders as 58.6% white, 20.6% black, 12.9% race unknown, and the rest as other races. As a caveat, the report discourages "data users," like media and tourism agencies, from relying on numbers alone: "Until data users examine all the variables that affect crime ... they can make no meaningful comparisons."

Motives for Reported Hate Crimes in Texas Cities

RaceSexual OrientationEthnicityReligionDisability
Dallas131385 0
San Antonio139420

FBI hate crimes report: www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2006/index.html

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