Jun 5, 2016 11:56 AM

REPORT: New Hampshire lags in reporting hate crime statistics

CONCORD (AP) — FBI statistics suggest hate crimes are less common in New Hampshire than elsewhere, but an Associated Press analysis shows many law enforcement agencies are failing to file reports.

The AP identified more than 2,700 city and county law enforcement agencies across the country that have not filed a single hate crime report with the FBI during the past six years, which represents 17 percent of all such agencies nationwide.

In New Hampshire, that figure is 28 percent, with 57 municipal police departments and six of the 10 county sheriff's offices failing to file reports from 2009 to 2014. Another 19 towns missed at least one year of reporting.

Among those who did report, the state averaged about two dozen hate crimes per year.

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