Hate crime is any offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by the offender's hatred of people because they are seen as being different.
This can include incidents relating to:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or beliefs
- transgender/gender identity
- sexual orientation
A hate crime can take many forms including:
- verbal abuse
- physical assault
- damage to your property or belongings
- offensive letters
In the Harrogate district, hate crime is not perceived as being widespread, but it is notoriously under-reported and therefore it is important to monitor all instances of hate crime, while providing opportunities for victims to report incidents and access the support they need.
To report a hate crime incident to North Yorkshire Police please call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.