The chances of police or prosecutors taking action against hate crime offenders (in the U.K.) have plummeted over the last year, new figures show.
Victims of hate crime now have only a one in four chance of seeing a perpetrator charged, cautioned or dealt with in some other way by the police – down from one in three in the previous year, data obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals.
Official explanations for the drop vary, with some forces blaming cuts, and others lack of cooperation from victims.
Campaigners have warned that these poor outcome figures could deter victims from reporting crimes in future.
Rose Simkins, chief executive of Stop Hate UK said: “A regular response from a victim of hate crime is ‘what’s the point in reporting when nothing gets done?’.”
Today the Home Office announced a series of measures aimed at tackling hate crime, including additional guidance for schools and extra funding for security measures at places of worship. In addition to the action plan Home Secretary Amber Rudd will ask Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to assess the way police respond to hate crime.