A hate crime report released by the National Crime Agency has found that there are a significant number of “serious and serious offences” committed against Muslims, which are “likely to constitute” a crime.
The report also found that hate crime offences against women are “extremely high” and that offences against Muslims are “more likely to be motivated by prejudice and hatred”.
A total of 15,065 hate crimes were recorded in the year ending March 2018, with 1,639 being committed against men.
“Hate incidents are not confined to isolated incidents,” the report said.
“These include a number of crimes which have the potential to incite hatred against a specific group of people, including those who may be perceived as a threat to the general public.”
It added: “These incidents are likely to constitute a crime under the law.”
A number of factors could be involved in the rise of hate crime incidents, such as a person being “taken advantage of by another person for the purpose of committing a crime”, a person becoming “targeted due to their ethnicity, nationality, or religion”, or “a person being made to feel threatened or intimidated because of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief”.
The report concluded that “despite the increasing level of hate incidents in the UK, the overall level of violence against the public is not rising”.
In 2017, there were 762 hate crimes reported to the NCA, with 821 recorded against Muslims.
It is thought that this increase may be down to increased media coverage of Islamophobia, which has resulted in a rise in the number of incidents.
“As a result of media coverage and public perception, Muslims have become more vocal in their concern about Islamophobia,” the NCS report said, adding that there were also “concerns about the increased Islamophobia that has emerged in the public sphere”.
It added that the NCC has “received a number” of calls from people worried about their safety.
The NCA’s report said that the rise in hate crime was also “significantly lower” than other “serious” crimes such as murder, assault and robbery.
“There is no indication that the rising level of incidents is linked to specific events such as Brexit or President Trump’s visit to the UK,” the agency said.
There have also been “a number of minor incidents” of hate-related offences, such a “disorderly behaviour offence” or “criminal damage”.
The NCC report said it is “not appropriate to categorise all of these as hate crime”.
It said it was “quite common” for people to feel “threatened” because of what they have seen or heard about the Muslim community.
It also noted that “the use of language such as ‘you’re a terrorist’ can be interpreted in a number ways”.
The latest report came after Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs that she believed it was important to focus on “all aspects of extremism”.
“I don’t believe there is a specific and immediate threat to British citizens in the Muslim communities,” she said.
“I think that this is a problem that is very much linked to some of the things that we have seen in recent months and years.”
The threat to public safety from extremist groups is very real and we need to be concerned about the issue of terrorism and extremism, not just in this country but in the wider world.
“Muslim communities are not just the victims of a problem, but they are also the perpetrators of the problem.” “
As much as the Muslim population is not a monolithic demographic, there are significant numbers of Muslims who identify with, or identify with some of our values,” said the report, which called for a “multi-pronged” approach to tackling the issue.
“Muslim communities are not just the victims of a problem, but they are also the perpetrators of the problem.”
The NCA said there was a “clear need” for a national anti-extremism strategy, which included: a new strategy for the police to address the rise and spread of extremist views and ideas, including by tackling “the spread of hate speech” that “threatens the public’s safety”; new initiatives for Muslim leaders to “build and strengthen” relationships with communities and the wider society; and new measures to improve the safety of Muslim women, especially in the workplace and community.
In January, Home Secretary David Lidington said that he had asked the Cabinet Office to investigate the “extremist views” that were spreading in the media.
The Home Office has not yet responded to the Guardian’s request for comment.
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