News Hate incidents, rising in NYC, cover an array of crimes While the NYPD reports an overall dip in crimes, hate-related incidents are up, year to date, from 112 to 184. The NYPD's crime statistics for the month of May, released on Tuesday, show 35,095 crimes reported so far this year, a 2,310 drop from the same period in 2018. Photo Credit: iStock By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Updated June 4, 2019 7:15 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email As reported hate crimes continue to plague the city, particularly incidents targeting Jewish New Yorkers, the police commissioner and mayor said they will take additional steps to curb the incidents. The NYPD's crime statistics for the month of May, released on Tuesday, show 35,095 crimes reported so far this year — 2,310 fewer crimes than the same period in 2018. The police, however, found an increase in reported hate crimes, with 184 incidents reported in 2019 as of June 2, up from 112 incidents during the same period last year. Mayor Bill de Blasio noted that the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes jumped from 58 by the end of May 2018 to 110 by end of last month. While concerning, he and Police Commissioner James O'Neill emphasized that they will be pushing for arrests and prosecutions of perpetrators. "I believe in consequences. I believe that one of the best ways to get to people is to show there are real serious consequences if they bring harm to others," de Blasio said. O'Neill said hate crime related arrests were up 19% this year. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the offenses included "criminal mischief, property damage or graffiti." He added that the types of people arrested don't fit any particular pattern. "I’ve seen people who have clearly have mental illness, I’ve seen children… I’ve seen individuals who have never crossed our paths and I’ve seen career criminals," Shea said. In addition to increased police enforcement, the mayor said his office is reaching out to community leaders to help them address the rise in hate facing their members. He said he will speed up the opening of the City Office of Hate Crime Prevention from November to this summer in order to address concerns over the rise in incidents. The office will coordinate with several parts of city government including the NYPD, City Commission on Human Rights, Department of Education, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to come up with strategies to educate the public and help hate crime victims. "It is a horrible experience what happens and we want to make sure they have support," de Blasio said. By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Anti-Semitic message left at Jewish Children's Museum: NYPDThe message was left among dozens of sticky notes on an interactive billboard that encourages people to write about how they would "Transform the World." In search of funding for an anti-hate crime initiativeApproved by City Council in December, the Office of Prevention of Hate Crimes needs a total of $475,000, Speaker Corey Johnson's office says. Hate crimes up 67% in 2019: NYPDMore than half were anti-Semitic in nature, per the NYPD report, and, of those, the majority included the drawing of swastikas. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.