Crime Data Comparison Paper
A hate crime is the victimization of a person based upon certain characteristics such as religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Bias motivated acts of violence are categorized as hate crimes. These crimes include but are not limited to assault, harassment, rape, vandalism, and even murder. Hate crimes can be far more serious than other comparable crimes that do not involve bias because these crimes are intended to intimidate an entire group. Acts of violence are commonplace in the U.S. and something that many people have to deal with on a daily basis.
New York City is the most populated city in the United States but has the lowest crime rate of the top 25 states since 2005. The city had a population of just over 8.1 million in 2010. Of that 8.1 million people, there were 348 hate crimes. In the year 2000, with a population of a little over 8 million, there were 400 hate crimes reported. In ten years, New York saw an increase in population of approximately 1.25 percent but a decline in hate crimes of about 13 percent. Crimes based on religion are the most reported hate crime in New York City followed by race. Organized crime and gang violence have long been associated with New York City. Prominent gangs in New York City include Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and MS-13. Violence between these rival gangs can be attributed to racial bias largely because of the origins of these gangs.
To the south west, almost 3000 miles away lies San Francisco. With a reported population of just over 8.1 thousand in 2010, San Francisco is the 13th most populated city in the United States. There were 63 reported hate crimes in 2010. Ten years prior, with a population of just over 7.7 thousand, 99 hate crimes were reported to authorities. Race and sexual orientation based crimes were the highest in number in 2010 but religious and sexual orientation based hate crimes were the largest in number in the year 2000....