And it’s not just in the low-income areas; affluent districts have seen some of the sharpest increases, reported Fox News. One of the more recent attacks occurred in Greenwich Village, where three middle school-aged children were attacked and beaten without provocation.
“Restricting these realistic-looking devices will ensure misleading and potentially dangerous devices are off our streets, keeping kids, law enforcement and all New Yorkers safe,” Hochul said Tuesday.
However, most of the attacks seem to have no motive. In one recent incident, a 12-year-old girl was punched in the face by a 34-year-old-man. He then attacked two other children. None of them suffered serious injuries.
In another incident, a 6-year-old girl riding through Brooklyn’s wealthy Williamsburg neighborhood was attacked by three thieves who wanted to steal her scooter.
‘Experts’ have warned against the notion of emphasizing an increase in attacks against children, claiming that overall crime is down by 19%.
The alarming trend comes as parents prepare to send their children back to school. Many New York City students have long commutes to school and must either walk or use public transportation.
The NYPD released a statement earlier this week addressing the issue.
“Additional NYPD deployments are determined based on intelligence gathered, schools that have had challenges and schools that need an enhanced presence,” a department spokesman said.
“Safe corridors are deployed between certain schools, and the closest transit hub provides a safe path to and from school on arrival and dismissal. The locations of the corridors change routinely based upon an analysis of crime data and trending incidents.”