There has been a "steady increase" in the number of hate crimes reported in London since 2012, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The Met also noted a spike in the reporting of religious and race hate crimes following the June 2016 EU referendum and the recent terror attacks in Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green.

Hates crimes are divided into four categories: disabled hate crimes, LGBT hate crimes, race hate crimes and religious hate crimes.

The latest Met figures available show that in the west London borough of Brent there has been a 54% increase in the number of hate crimes reported in just five years.

The most common type of hate crime reported in west London was overwhelmingly race hate crimes.

According to Met figures, from January to October this year 618 hate crimes had already been reported in Brent - a 54% increase from the 402 incidents reported in the whole of 2012.

Westminster was the borough with the highest number of reported race hate crimes, and figures show that from January to October 2017 a terrifying 961 race hate crimes had been reported in the borough compared with 607 in the whole of 2012.

The Met says it has rolled out 900 specialist hate crime investigators across London to tackle the rising problem.

There will be more officers on the streets of Hounslow following the closure of Chiswick's front counter

A Met Police spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has seen a steady increase in the reporting of hate crime, particularly racist and religious hate crime, with spikes in reporting following the EU Referendum and recent terrorist attacks.

"However, this is also in due to the growing willingness of victims to report crime and the improved awareness by police, along with the continued work with partners to identify offences and support victims.

"The MPS is committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms, supporting victims and their families and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Met Police says there has been a "steady increase" in the number of hate crimes reported in London since 2012



"The MPS has increased specialist hate crime investigators within the 32 London borough community safety units by 30%, with more than 900 specialist members of staff dedicated to investigating all hate crime and we have reviewed our hate crime policy, placing extra focus upon evidence gathering and technology to help achieve better outcome rates.


"The MPS have long recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the hidden nature of this crime, which remains largely under reported.

"It stands together with policing partners, colleagues and groups to investigate all hate crime allegations, support victims and their families and bring perpetrators to justice.

"However, year-on-year we are seeing steady increases in reporting of hate crime as more victims are willing to come forward and report these incidents to police."

Hate Crime can be reported through 999 in an emergency, by dialling 101 in a non-emergency, directly at a police station, through the MOPAC Hate Crime app or through community reporting methods such as Tell mama, Galop or the CST.

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