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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Data released by Rio de Janeiro’s Instituto de Segurança Publica - ISP (Public Security Institute) shows that February of 2017 was one of the most violent months in the state’s history, with violent death rates increasing by 28.1 percent and vehicle thefts by 40.3 percent in relation to February of 2016.

In a press statement released on Tuesday night, the ISP reiterates that it has as a priority ‘the preservation of life, peaceful coexistence and reduction of crime rates in the state’.

The numbers also show . . .

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