The anti-racism protests seen in the U.S. and other countries, and recent news reports of violent anti-Asian crimes in Vancouver, have renewed our awareness about the hurtful effects, and the unlawful nature, of racism as a hate crime.
Any member of the public with information about racist activity or any hate crime, or who might be a witness, can:
- Directly call the local police department. They will investigate hate crimes including graffiti, vandalism and hate propaganda. For emergencies such as a racially-motivated assault, you can call 9-1-1-and state that you are reporting a hate crime.
- If you wish to remain anonymous when reporting a hate crime, report the details to Crime Stoppers at either 1-800-222-TIPS, or 1-855-448-TIPS. Calls to Crime Stoppers are answered 24/7 and are accepted in 115 different languages. Anonymous information can also be provided through the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers website solvecrime.ca, or by using the downloadable “P3” Crime Stoppers reporting app.
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers’ latest statistics show almost one in every five anonymous tips it received in April relate to hate crimes.
“When people cross the line to racism and other hate crimes, that’s when we have a responsibility to report it rather than ignore it.” says Linda Annis, Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. “There is no place for hate crime in Canada or anywhere else. If you’ve experienced it, or you’ve seen it happen, you can call Crime Stoppers. You will remain absolutely anonymous. All we need is the information to pass on to investigators who can do something about it.”
What’s a Hate Crime?
A hate crime is defined as any criminal offense against a person or group or against property that is motivated by hatred or prejudice towards an identifiable group, as outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada:
RACE, COLOUR, ETHNICITY AND LANGUAGE
- The BC Hate Crimes Team notes about half of reported hate crimes in Canada are motivated by race (social categories based on characteristics including colour of skin, shape of eyes, hair texture and facial features) and ethnicity (common culture, history, language or nationhood)
SEX OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION
- Almost 20 per cent of hate crimes in Canada, often violent crimes, are motivated by sexual orientation and identity.
- Hate crimes against religious communities or individuals, based on perceived or misinterpreted religious attire or affiliation. These are often mischief such as vandalism, graffiti or destruction of property.
AGE, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY
- Offences against elderly individuals or those with mental or physical disabilities including developmental challenges, intelligence , physical and mental health disorders.
Victims who need support or have non-emergency questions about these kinds of hate crime can contact the BC Hate Crimes Team for resources, training, or education at hatecrimebc.ca.
About Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers is a non-profit society and registered charity that offers rewards for anonymous tip information about criminal activity and provides it to investigators in the communities of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Anonymous tips may be provided though Crime Stoppers’ downloadable “P3” app for Apple and Android phones, calling Crime Stoppers at 1-855-448-8477 (new number) or 1-800-222- 8477, online at solvecrime.ca, or by following the link on the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Facebook page.
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers accepts tips in 115 different languages and will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a criminal, recovery of stolen property, seizure of illegal drugs or guns or denial of a fraudulent insurance claim. Tipsters stay anonymous by using code numbers to check back later and collect their rewards.
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