Data shows reported hate crimes in Vermont continues to rise

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — New federal data shows the number of reported hate crimes in Vermont increased again in 2018.

WCAX-TV reports state law enforcement agencies reported 45 hate crimes last year, a spike from the 34 in 2017.

State Police Capt. Garry Scott says the agency has increased efforts to reduce the number of reported hate crimes and better under the needs of the communities they serve.

The Burlington police reported almost double the number of hate crimes than any other law enforcement agency.

The numbers show that 30 out of the 45 hate crimes voluntarily reported to the FBI were race related, 11 were based on religion, three on sexual orientation and one based on disability.

Scott says he expects the number of reported hate crimes to rise again next year.