Average Severity of Bias Motivated Incidents, 1990-2018

A severity score between 1 and 5 is assigned to each incident, with 1 being the least severe and five being the most severe. The figure below presents the average severity of the events for each year for all of Northwest Indiana from January 1, 1990 through December 2018. The diagonal line moving from left to right on the graph represents the trend in the data. In recent years, despite a decrease in the total number of incidents, severity has increased, with more violent incidents and attempted murders being recorded. In 2014, an average severity of 2.9 was calculated, the highest since the study began. In 2018, however, there is a steady increase in severity since 2017.