Police report decrease in hate crimes on Long Island; advocates eye under-reporting

Officials say there has been a drop of hate crimes across Long Island, but some advocates say the numbers may not be accurate due to

Officials say there has been a drop of hate crimes across Long Island, but some advocates say the numbers may not be accurate due to possible under-reporting.

Officials say there has been a drop of hate crimes across Long Island, but some advocates say the numbers may not be accurate due to possible under-reporting. (3/19/17)

WOODBURY - Officials say there has been a drop of hate crimes across Long Island, but some advocates say the numbers may not be accurate due to possible under-reporting.

According to Suffolk County police, there were 111 reported hate crimes in 2011. But in 2015, they say that number was reduced to 69. Last year, police say there were just 42 reported hate crimes in the county. On Wednesday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini said the countywide reduction extends to virtually all forms of crime.

In Nassau, police say the county saw 76 reported hate crimes in 2014, and 62 in 2015.  They say the county saw three fewer last year.

Some say the new statistics are not a true measure of the amount of hate crimes taking place on Long Island because many victims are afraid to report the incidents.

"I think that the statistics that were released are certainly under-reported," says David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network. "There are so many people who are afraid to report these hate crimes either because of their immigration status, or in the LGBT community, because they are not ‘out’ yet."

 

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