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.
Between October and December 2017, 59 hate crimes were reported. This is a decrease of 2 incidents on the previous quarter. Of those incidents reported, 46 were confirmed as hate crimes and 13 were not.