New York City will install 100 new security cameras in strictly-Orthodox neighbourhoods to protect residents after a spate of antisemitic attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.
The local Charedi community has been gripped with fear since a fatal attack on a kosher grocery store in nearby Jersey City on December 10, which was followed by the stabbings at a Chanukah celebration in Monsey on December 29.
The new cameras will be installed across the Chasidic neighbourhoods of Brooklyn – Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park, the Associated Press reports.
Recent antisemitic attacks in New York City reportedly range from the pulling off of sheitels to more violent assaults.
Mr De Blasio said: “An attack on the Jewish community is an attack on all New Yorkers. These new security cameras will increase the New York Police Department’s visibility into these neighbourhoods and help our officers on the ground keep New Yorkers safe.”
According to police, anti-Jewish crimes increased by 21 per cent between 2018 and 2019.
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.”