A hate crime is simply any incident, which may or may not be deemed as a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hatred.
You may recall that in the CPS VAWG reports, Violence does not mean violence, Women does not mean women, and Girls does not mean girls. Similarly, the definition of the phrase “Hate Crime” implies neither hate nor any crime. Hate, of course, would be the state of mind of the supposed villain. But that’s irrelevant. It is only the perception of the alleged “victim” – or, indeed, some bystander – which matters in classifying “any incident” as a Hate Crime.
You see how that works? The definition casts the net as wide as possible. The sole purpose is to maximise the number of “incidents” recorded by the police as hate crimes. And a key part of the police training is that they must ask about the potential for any incident they attend having been motivated by “prejudice or hatred”. Your house was burgled? Could it have been motivated by hate, madam? Well it wasn’t motivated by love, I suppose.