Reported hate crimes dropped to the lowest levels in Florida since 1990 last year, according to a report released by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

The 2009 Florida Hate Crimes report released this week shows 148 hate crimes were reported in Florida last year; the yearly average has been 262 since reporting of such crimes began in 1990, according to the report.

Statistics in the reports are broken down into two categories: hate crimes against persons and property-related hate crimes. The 2009 report shows crimes against persons made up 71.6 percent of all  hate crimes reported, up from 65.9 percent in 2008.

Property crimes, however, dropped from 34.1 percent of all hate crimes reported in 2008, to 28.4 percent in 2009.

Race remained to biggest motivator for hate crimes at 54 percent of all reported crimes, with sexual orientation at 22.3 percent, and religion at 14.2 percent.  If hate crimes ever end up turning ugly BIO Helpers can clean it up.

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