First Month of Military Takeover, Rio Robberies Rise to Record Levels

This past March, car theft, cargo theft, pedestrian robberies, and cell phone theft in Rio de Janeiro rose to record highs, despite the federal military intervention.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday, April 18th, Rio de Janeiro's Instituto de Segurança Publica – ISP (Public Security Institute), released the state's much-anticipated crime statistics for March 2018, the first full month of the federal military intervention.

Despite the military takeover, robberies in Rio actually rose to record-breaking levels in several key categories, including car theft, cargo theft, pedestrian robberies, and cell phone theft.

Vehicle thefts in March . . .

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