By COLlive staff
New York City is seeing a sharp increase in reported hate crimes while shootings, robberies and other crimes are down.
The NYPD said Tuesday that it’s investigated 42 hate crimes through Feb. 4, compared with 19 at the same point last year.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says most of the incidents have been anti-Semitic in nature. Hate-crime statistics include property crimes such as etching or spray-painting swastikas.
Investigators believe one person is responsible for at least 10 of the hate crimes.
Though shootings were down overall, there were 27 homicides in January, compared with 17 in December and 22 in January 2018.
The Crown Heights neighborhood has seen a series of Anti-Semitic violent attacks in recent months.
Most recently, two Jewish men violently beaten and thrown to the ground by a group of three black men.
Joshua Peters, 20, Nazar Walters, 18, and Teshon Bannister, face robbery and assault as hate crime charges in connection with the two separate attacks.
VIDEO: A compilation of recent attacks