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Call the Hate Crime Hotline at 305-604-2110

Miami Beach Police Hate Crimes Program

Hate Crimes seriously threaten our democratic society, which is built upon the
strength of its diversity. Thousands of Americans each year are victimized because of
their skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities or sexual orientation. Crimes
motivated by hatred and the fear it engenders cripples our society, threatens personal
freedom and frays the ties that are essential to safe and healthy communities.

Defining Hate Crimes
The most comprehensive definition of a hate crime to date is currently used by the
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP.) They define a Hate Crime as a
criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society which is motivated,
in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against an individual's or a group's race,
religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Impact of Hate Crimes
Hate Crimes victimize not only the individuals or
institutions who are targeted, but also the entire
community or group they represent. Violent
Hate Crimes may lead to cycles of retaliation


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and vigilantism that can engulf communities and perpetuate hatred and prejudice.

Miami Beach Police Department's Hate Crime Policy
The Miami Beach Police Department views all Hate Crimes as major, and possibly
organized, acts which are given the highest investigative priority possible to ensure
rapid apprehension of all persons involved.

What is a Hate Crime
A Hate Crime is a criminal act in which individuals or groups are targeted because of
their race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic/national origin, or disability.

Facts About Hate Crime:
Did you know:

60% of offenders commit crimes for the "thrill" connected with control over their victims
Hate Crimes are 5 times as likely to involve assault
Hate Crimes are traditionally under-reported
Over 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted Hate Crime legislation

How Can You Fight Hate Crime?
Hate Crimes can create destructive feelings in various communities, especially
among groups sensitive to this issue. But, there are ways to fight back.
You can fight Hate Crimes by:
Immediately reporting any crime you witness or experience to the police. Be sure to
write down as many details as possible. This includes telephone calls which can
occur during holiday observances
Educating your family and friends about Hate Crime
Communities must be serious about "creating a generation of peacemakers" ...
which means learning and practicing the qualities of understanding and respecting

Protect Yourself
Avoid walking alone
Walk confidently, quickly, and directly
Stay in well lit areas and avoid walking in shadows
Walk close to the curb
Avoid driveways, bushes, and alleys
Don't be brave - run if you feel threatened
Have your car keys in your hand
Keep your car locked at all times, even while driving
Avoid drunken behavior
Don't respond to verbal taunts from any person or persons
Report any crime or suspicious activity

Call 911 if you see a violent crime in progress

Miami Beach Police Department
1100 Washington Avenue (Corner of Washington Ave & 11 Street)