Hate Crimes rise in Alaska, according to newly released FBI report
Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 10:53 AM AKST
Investigation into this story by Channel 2 showed that the numbers reported in the FBI report were flawed and that when corrected, the number of hate crimes was significantly lower. The updated story can be found here. Hate crimes nearly doubled in Alaska from 2017 to 2018, according to the FBI's 2018 Hate Crime Statistics, released Nov. 12. Nationally, hate crimes are down slightly. In 2018, 7,120 hate crimes were reported to the FBI's uniform crime report; in 2017, 7,175 were reported. For the 2018 report, four jurisdictions in Alaska - Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kotzebue - reported a combined total of 7 hate crime incidents. That's up from 4 reported incidents across the state in 2017. Researchers and law enforcement officers have previously told KTUU they believe hate crimes are under-reported in Alaska, where hate crime reporting has remained relatively low over the last five years: 2018 - 7 incidents 2017 - 4 incidents 2016 - 11 incidents 2015 - 8 incidents 2014 - 6 incidents Hate crimes are tracked through the Uniform Crime Report, a compilation of crime statistics aggregated annually by the Criminal Records and Identification Bureau within the Alaska Department of Safety, and passed on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The report indicates crimes against people and property formed the basis for the hate incidents in Alaska in 2018, including assault, intimidation, robbery, and vandalism. KTUU has reached out to Alaska State Troopers and the Kotzebue, Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks Police Departments to learn more about the specific crimes captured by the report. Note: this story has been updated to correctly reflect the agency that collects UCR data in Alaska. This is a developing story. Copyright 2019 KTUU. All rights reserved.