Anti-Semitic hate crimes were up 26% in New York City in 2019 but overall crime was at a record low, the New York Police Department said Monday.
In 2019, there were 234 anti-Semitic incidents reported versus 186 incidents in 2018.
Hate crimes overall were up 20% in 2019, from 256 to 428. The additional 47 anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 made up the bulk of that increase.
In September, the NYPD noted the surge in anti-Semitic hate crimes. In December alone, NYPD figures show about a dozen reported anti-Semitic incidents in New York.
The surge caused the NYPD to increase police presence in several Brooklyn neighborhoods where some of the alleged incidents took place.
The NYPD breaks down hate crimes into 12 different categories, including anti-Semitic incidents.
Murders and shootings up
There were approximately 95,000 incidents reported overall with 872 fewer victims, according to the NYPD.
Murder is up 7.8% in 2019 and citywide shooting incidents are up 2.9% compared to 2018.
However, the final six months of 2019 had the lowest number of shootings for any six-month period in the CompStat era.
Burglaries are down 8.7% in 2019, the NYPD said.
Reports of rape decreased by 2.5% but incidents continue to be under reported, officials said.
“We will not cede an inch in our mission to vigorously fight and prevent crime while, at the same time, continuing to build trust with the residents of New York who remain our greatest partners in ensuring the highest levels of public safety for all,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said during the crime statistics briefing.
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