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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In an effort to combat the recent wave of robberies and break-ins that have plagued Rio's upscale neighborhood of Leblon, local residents and merchants are banding together to implement their own private neighborhood security initiative.

According to local news reports, the plan involves contracting private security guards and installing a system of interconnected security cameras throughout the area.

The new neighborhood initiative is being organized by the Associação de Moradores e Amigos do Leblon (Association of Residents and Friends of Leblon), along with the Leblon Câmara do . . .

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