A British report shows tens of thousands of hate crimes are going unreported every year, with community leaders warning that victims lack faith in the police to investigate such offenses.
The report published Monday by The Independent showed that the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated 278,000 hate crimes are committed annually, of which 154,000 were racially motivated.
Official police figures however registered just 42,236 hate crime offences, including 30,000 racially aggravated crimes in the past year.
The police figure is only 15 percent of the total reported in the Crime Survey, which based its estimate on two years of data of both reported and unreported cases.
Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris, the national policing lead for hate crime, admitted that the number of under-reported hate crime was a real problem.
“There is a significant difference between police-recorded hate crime and the Crime Survey because hate crime is still massively underreported,” said Harris.