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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hate crimes have increased in the York Region

Hate crimes are on the rise in York Region.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hate crimes in York Region climbed between 2020 and 2021, according to data provided by the York Regional Police Services Board.
  • According to the study, hate crimes against Asian, Black, Jewish, and Muslim groups have surged in the York Region.
  • Nearly half of all racial hate crimes in the York Region were committed against Black people last year, although they make up only 5% of the population.

According to data offered by the York Regional Police Services Board, hate crimes in York Region increased between 2020 and 2021.

The police board will evaluate a study on Wednesday that reveals an increase in several hate-related crimes, including those motivated by race, religion, and sexual orientation.

“Hate offenses have increased dramatically in 2021, not only in York Region but across Canada,” according to the police study.

According to the research, hate crimes against Asian, Black, Jewish, and Muslim communities have increased in the York Region. Hate crimes have been on the rise in areas such as Markham, Vaughan, and Richmond Hill, according to police.

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In 2021, the overall number of hate crimes increased by 22%, from 160 to 195.

According to the data, the number of hate crimes driven by race increased by 17% between 2020 and 2021. Last year, the number of recorded cases increased from 89 to 104.

Last year, nearly half of all racial hate crimes in the York Region were committed against Black people, who make up only 5% of the population. Last year, 48 of the 104 occurrences (46%) were directed at Black citizens, compared to 39 in 2020.

In 2021, the number of hate-motivated crimes against East and Southeast Asian groups increased 53%.

The number of crimes inspired by anti-religious hatred grew dramatically last year, rising to 58. The Jewish community was the mark of 43 of those events.

Hate crimes are on the rise in York Region.
Hate crimes are on the rise in York Region. Image from Biographydata

Hate crimes against homosexual and lesbian individuals increased by 23% in York in 2021, with 27 different incidents.

“Many members of our community continue to find it difficult to report hate crimes owing to fear of victimization, retaliation, culture, language barriers, and uncertainty with the legal system,” according to the police report.

With 45 incidents last year, mischief hatred was the most common hate crime. There were also 35 instances of threatening someone and 30 instances of harassing communications.

There was 27 hate-motivated assault level one crimes reported last year.

The police report stated, “York Regional Police promotes hate crime reporting and is proactive with initiatives focusing on prevention, education, social cohesiveness, and overall community resilience.”

Source: Global news

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