Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Significantly Increased In NYC During 2019

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January 06, 2020 - 7:55 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The final numbers were released Monday for hate crimes across New York City in 2019.

The NYPD says reported incidents were up 20% to a total of 428 crimes in the five boroughs for the final year of the decade.

According to reports, more than half of all hate crimes committed last year were categorized as anti-Semitic in nature – this includes acts of anti-Semitic vandalism.

Police officials said it accounts for a 26% climb over 2018, which has 186 hate crimes against the Jewish community, and included the rash of anti-Semitic incidents that occurred right before New Year’s Day.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says the department has added patrols to areas with large Orthodox Jewish populations as a precaution in 2020.

“More than 150 police officers bolstered by auxiliary officers have been added to patrol religious areas to show police presence,” Shea said.

The rise in hate crimes comes as the Jewish community in the Tri-State area continues to grapple with a violent machete attack in a rabbi’s home on the seventh night on Hanukkah in Monsey and a violent shootout inside a kosher grocery store in Jersey City.

Shea noted that murders, shootings and robberies also saw upticks in 2019, but are “still at incredibly low numbers.”