NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

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Report: ‘Swastika incidents’ spiked over past month, latest comes in Brooklyn Heights

October 31, 2018 - 1:50 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police are investigating racist graffiti found in Brooklyn Heights.

Residents of the area say swastikas and the n-word were written in chalk on a garage door on Garden Place in Brooklyn. The street is known for its elaborate Halloween decorations.

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There's no word on a suspect, but Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the NYPD has no tolerance for hate crimes.

"We have no tolerance for hate crimes in New York City,” O’Neill said. “We have the best hate crime unit in the world and this will be fully investigated."

The incident comes as police step up security at high profile events and sites around the city. Last weekend, 11 people were murdered by a gunman at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

Cops say swastika incidents, which comprise half of the city's hate crimes, have spiked in the past month, the Daily News reports.