South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael has responded to news that there has been an increase in hate crimes recorded in south Wales.
Media reports have highlighted that a total of 1,224 hate crimes were recorded in the South Wales area in 2013/14 compared to 1,019 the previous year. Together with the increased number of incidents recorded, the levels of satisfaction in the service received by victims from South Wales Police, has also improved.
Mr Michael said: “One of the objectives I have set for South Wales Police is to drive levels of reported crime closer to actual crime. I am pleased with the progress made.”
Hate Crime is known to be under-reported and work continues with partner agencies to support victims and members of the public to report incidents in the knowledge that they will be listened to.