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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of burglaries and vehicle thefts in Rio de Janeiro has risen dramatically in the first half of 2012, with car thefts up 27.4 percent and residential burglaries witnessing an increase of 21.6 percent for the six-month period. 

According to statistics from the Instituto de Segurança Pública (Institute of Public Security, ISP), 11,458 car thefts and 720 residential burglaries were reported between January and June 2012.

A statistically-higher proportion of burglaries . . .

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