Street Theft in Rio de Janeiro Increases by up to 79 Percent over Last Year

Recent data released by officials in Rio de Janeiro point toward an increase in petty crime in the state with areas frequented by tourists hardest hit.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to data from Rio’s Institute of Public Security (ISP), 15 of the state’s 39 districts suffered an increase in street thefts since the start of the years.

The most heavily affected areas are the Copacabana and Leme regions, with a 79 percent increase compared with the same period last year.

The beachfront neighborhoods are popular with tourists and are policed not just by a local police battalion, but also a specialized security force tasked with operating in areas popular with visitors to the state.

In second ranked neighborhood is Leblon, where theft increased . . .

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