Jewish Neighborhoods In NYC To Get 100 New Security Cameras

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will install 100 new security cameras in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in an effort to prevent anti-Semitic attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.

Fear has gripped the city’s Orthodox Jewish community since the 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 new cameras will be installed in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park, where Hasidic Jewish residents have reported attacks ranging from someone pulling off a wig or hat to more violent assaults.

“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.”

Police officials say anti-Semitic crimes in New York City jumped 21% in 2019 compared with 2018.

The announcement about the new security cameras comes a week after city officials announced they would implement “hate crime awareness programming” at middle and high schools in the same three Brooklyn neighborhoods that are getting the cameras.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the cameras “will support our increased patrols and the targeted deployment of counterterrorism officers at key locations to ensure that everyone is safe.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. “Vision Revenue” back at work. This has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with filling the City’s coffers. These cameras will produce more speeding tickets and more red light tickets.

  2. I’ve never been able to understand the reason why all of the frum and ultra frum Yidden, have to concentrate in a few areas in NYC, NY, and NJ. There are other peaceful areas of the USA, where the cost of living is much lower, and existing Jewish communities, would welcome more frum Jews moving in. They could establish kosher bakeries, kosher meat markets, shuls, etc.

  3. Very important development. Now there will be multiple videos of the attacks. So there will be more proof to show nothing as antisemites get a free metro card to go home after being arrested and probably a meal.

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