How does one deal with hate crimes?
Someone placed a kkk hood in front of our home on Wednesday, complete with the eyes cut out and the letters written in black. How does one deal with this level of hate crime in 2011? Oh and I am dead serious about this.
First you have to take your own pictures. Then call the police. You can also talk to the police about your neighbors. Do they have any prior instances of complaints against them.
If you can afford it you should get a security camera. Some are actually pretty cheap (under $100). talk to your neighbors individually. See how they respond to you. Keep an eye out for signs of racism in people's actions and words.
Make sure you keep a record of all of this. Documentation will help you.
I'm sorry you had to experience that. Be careful.
Sad thing is we just purchased the property and have not been here even two months. Thanks so much for your advice and your concern. We will be very careful and more aware than we were previously.
More than likely this was a prank , and yet hateful, If it persists and you can afford it you can buy a Game trail camera that straps to a tree of bush. About a hundred bucks , it works on infrared and will not flash. Digital too! Good luck...
i'm sooo sorry to hear of this... unbelievable that this still happens......
i myself experienced being a victim of a hate crime...
what we did was document everything that happened over a long time period.. dates, times, when and where and then contacted the police immediately after the main incident... and we charged him. also make sure that the police interview the neighbourhood/neighbours for more evidence so it's not just coming from you.. don't let the police try to pass it by like they tried with us... saying it wan't worth the energy... we demanded they do something and we charged him... when they suggested to us to not...
and also if the police dept have a hate crimes unit... establish contact with them to make sure they are dealing with it and brings support to your case... we did that and it took many, many months but the courts finally gave the guy a criminal record... being persistent did it for us...
also.. contact your local papers/media so they can report on it to bring awareness... when hate is exposed it helps stop it plus brings awareness and education...
hope that helps.... be safe... feel safe with protection all around you...
I agree with the other answers and would add the following: Get motion lights that spotlight for the whole neighborhood to see. They are inexpensive and some are solar operated. Contact the police and have them open a file. Have them document every event. Make sure you get a case number. Use the same one each time so there is a continuous record, not a new one for each instance. Good luck!
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