Jewish Areas In Brooklyn Getting 100 More Cameras Amid Rash Of Attacks

Steve Burns
January 11, 2020 - 2:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations are getting 100 new cameras amid a rash of anti-Semitic attacks in which people have been harassed, punched and more.

There will be 30 new cameras by March, then another 70 after that, officials say.

The neighborhoods getting the new cameras are Crown Heights, Borough Park and Williamsburg.

Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD will work with community members to figure out the best spots for the cameras.

“An attack on the Jewish community is an attack on all New Yorkers,” de Blasio, a Democrat, said in a statement. “These new security cameras will increase the NYPD’s visibility into these neighborhoods, and help our officers on the ground keep New Yorkers safe.”

It’s another response to the big uptick in hate crimes the neighborhoods have seen recently. The NYPD reported a 26-percent increase from 2018 to 2019.

“Specifically driven by anti-Semitism; things such as swastikas and hate speech,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

Shea says more officers have also been deployed to areas around houses of worship.

“More than 150 police officers bolstered by auxiliary officers to make sure people are safe and feel safe as well,” Shea said.

The response will also be targeting middle and high school students in the three neighborhoods with what de Blasio calls “hate crime awareness programming.”

Fear has gripped the city’s Orthodox Jewish community since the fatal Dec. 10 attack at a kosher grocery store across the Hudson River in Jersey City and the Dec. 29 stabbings at a Hanukkah celebration in suburban Monsey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.