Hate crimes have historically been under-reported and so, for this measure, it is considered that increasing reports are perceived to be positive. The numbers of hate crimes reported has fluctuated over the last two years, though the highest reported figure was in June 2017 which the Home Office has attributed to the London Bridge attacks. Figures have not reached the same levels since.
Between January and March 2018, 51 hate crimes were reported. This is a decrease of 8 incidents on the previous quarter. Of those incidents reported, 39 were confirmed as hate crimes and 12 were not reported. While this is a decrease on the figure for October to December, this remains high when compared to historical figures for Central Bedfordshire.