New York City has experienced a 22 percent increase in bias crimes against Jewish people so far this year, 159 compared to 130 during the same period of 2017, the NYPD reported Wednesday.
While the city was on pace to have a lower number of hate crimes this year, it saw a big jump in October, particularly in anti-Semitic crimes. The report comes as a man was arrested Monday and charged with scrawling pro-Nazi slogans inside a Jewish site in Brooklyn a week ago.
New York City’s 1.1 million Jews is the largest concentration outside Israel.
Overall, major crime in the city decreased by 1.4 percent so far this year, from the same period of 2017, and is projected to fall to a record low for 2018, according to the NYPD. Murders were down 41 percent in October, while shootings were down 6.8 percent.