How safe is New York for Israeli visitors after this weeks violent attack?
The attack went on for almost five minutes. The tourists were heading back to their vacation apartment on their last night in New York at the time, and cameras captured the brutal assault.
Police say one of the victims tried to chase the two robbers, one of whom shoved her away. The suspects then fled the scene. It’s not clear if the crime was drug-related.
The victims’ wallets and phones were stolen. They are now back in Israel.
New York is the safest large metropolis of the US, with a crime rate per inhabitant even lower than the national average. However, given its status as the most visited city in the US, petty theft against tourists is not uncommon. The city also have some rough neighborhoods which are unadvised for tourists.