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Old 15th June 2019, 04:28 PM   #22
Arcade22
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The usual way to establish whether an increase or decrease in recorded crimes reflects a change in the actual amount of crimes, or if it is caused by other factors, is by comparing the recorded crime rate with the responses of victimization surveys.

Other potential factors that might produce an increase is that the de jure or de facto definition of what constitutes "hate crime" could've been broadened, although that should be relatively easy to prove.
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