Hate crimes down last year in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The number of hate crimes decreased in both Kern County and California as a whole last year.

Attorney General Kamala Harris' office released an annual report on "hate crime events" Wednesday, showing 930 statewide in 2012. That was down from 1,060 the year before.

The number of hate crime events in California decreased 37.6 percent from 2003, the attorney general's office noted.

Kern County recorded eight hate crime events in 2012, down from 14 in both 2011 and 2010.

"While overall numbers are down this year, any hate crime hurts the people and values of California," Harris said in a news release. "I am confident that California law enforcement will monitor and prosecute these cases to ensure severe consequence and accountability."