Police in Maryland reported 693 hate crimes and incidents in 2016 and 2017, nearly twice that of the previous two years. Federal data show there were 7,175 reported hate crimes in 2017, an increase from 6,121 reported the year before. The crimes targeted people of many religions, ethnic backgrounds and races. Anti-Arab crimes doubled to 102. Anti-Jewish hate crimes increased 37 percent to 938. Most of the crimes were against African Americans, and those rose 16 percent to 2,013.