Anti-Semitic graffiti is top hate crime found in subways

Anti-Semitic graffiti was the leading train hate criminal offense investigated this year, inning accordance with the NYPD Transit Bureau.

In a report to the MTA board, Transit Bureau Assistant Chief Vincent Coogan said 22 of 31 hate crimes that took place in the subway targeted Jews, mainly through graffiti.

Last year, over the same duration, only seven bias criminal activities total in the subway were reported.

But this year, a rash of swastikas and remarks that advocate the killing of Jews have actually been identified on train cars and trucks and in stations.

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In February, a rider reported hateful messages scrawled on a No. 1 train in Harlem. That month, commuters also utilized hand sanitizer to clean off anti-Semitic graffiti, including a pro-Trump message stressed with a swastika.

MTA board member Charles Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor, desired a name-and-shame campaign against anybody detained for bias criminal offenses in the subway.

“It was specifically this sort of figure, this sort of conduct that gave birth in ’34 to ’38 to exactly what resulted in the Holocaust, which we attempt to keep in mind today,” Moerdler stated Monday. “Exactly what, if anything, can be done, is being done to root out these scum?”

Coogan said that case gets an examination from a captain or higher-ranking officer.

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“We take every one of these incidents seriously,” he stated, adding that “It is sometimes challenging to make an arrest” in a graffiti case.

Meanwhile, the NYPD Transit Bureau reported 16 more felony assault cases in the train system this year through March, with 91 occurrences reported compared to 75 cases from the same period last year.

Grand larcenies, meanwhile, were up 13%, for an overall of 417 cases in the first three months of the year, compared with 369 cases last year. Break-ins, however, dropped to 97 cases this year through March, 26 less events than the previous year.

Coogan said the spike is credited to a couple of suspects who target subway riders.

“It only takes a few thefts to make a difference between year record lows and a concerning increase in residential or commercial property criminal offenses,” he stated. “In truth, one or 2 criminals can have a huge, though generally temporary, impact on subway crime.”

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