NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – Hate crime in Massachusetts was at an all-time high in 2017, according to public safety officials.
Hate crimes in Massachusetts increased by almost 10 percent to a 10-year high in 2017. Four hundred and thirty-eight hate crime offenses were reported to the Executive Office of Public Safety.
Eighty-six came from municipal police departments, 12 from campus police, and one from a hospital and MBTA. Boston reported the most hate crimes with 140. Arlington, Newton, and Quincy followed.
Westfield State University reported 10 incidents in 2017. In all, there were 177 anti-Semitic acts of vandalism, harassment or assault.
The most common offense was vandalism and damage to property.