Hate crimes reported in 2018 nearly doubled from 2017 a report shows.

Colorado law enforcement agencies report there were 185 hate crimes reported in 2018. In 2017 there were 96 hate crimes reported. According to the FBI, a hate crime is defined as:

a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

The 185 hate crimes were the most since 2012 when there were 192 hate crimes reported.

Violent crimes also increased across Colorado in 2018 with 25,201 violent crimes reported statewide, up from 23,345 in 2017.

Hate crimes are being investigated and reported more as well, which is a tip of the cap to law enforcement as well as members of the general public who cannot stand to see injustice perpetrated on anyone.

Let's hope we have seen the pinnacle of these crimes and that they start reducing in number, starting with 2019.