SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The state of São Paulo recorded the lowest murder rate in 2019 since the beginning of the historical series in 2001.
The number of cases dropped 5.8 percent in the year from 2,949 in 2018 to 2,778 in 2019. In terms of victims, there was a 6.4 percent drop, with 2,906 victims in 2019, compared to 3,104 in 2018. Both rates are the lowest in the series. The data were released on Friday, January 24th, by the Secretariat of Public Safety (SSP).
Despite the drop in homicides, rape cases . . .