Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report. The victim totals could include individuals, businesses, government entities or society as a whole.
Eighteen hate crimes were reported in South Dakota past year, with the bulk of victims targeted for their race or ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Hate crimes across the United States accelerated in 2016 as the divisive election battle that saw Donald Trump elected president progressed, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showed Monday. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent). These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents.
These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report.
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However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016.
There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73.
At the same time, attacks or incidents against Latinos increased by 15 percent, and against whites and Arabs rose by 38 and 17 percent, respectively.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes. It marks the second year in a row hate crimes have increased.
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Since Donald Trump's election win, many mainstream media reports have centered on hate crimes being supposedly inspired by Donald Trump and his supporters.
These statistics suggest that the most vulnerable target for racial hate crimes in 2016 were not racial minority groups, but white Americans.
Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016.
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