Thursday, October 24, 2013

Brazil: Upscale Condos/Apartments of High-Value Targets a Frequence Occurrence in Large Cities

According to The Latin American Tribune, Two Colombian nationals were detained Monday (October 14) and five others are wanted for questioning in a probe of a series of robberies at luxury apartment complexes in three different Brazilian cities, authorities said.

All seven Colombians are suspected members of a well-organized criminal enterprise behind heists in affluent neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, police inspector Alexandre Magalhaes announced at a press conference.

The gang apparently used some of the proceeds from the robberies to finance loan sharking operation, Magalhaes emphasized. The robbery victims included professional athletes, judges and business executives.

Over the last 12 months, police data-based eleven separate robberies in Rio displaying the same modus operandi, Magalhaes noted during the press conference.

COMMENT: Police identified and arrested Eyber Muriel Cardona and Alessander Muñoz Botero, after reviewing footage from security cameras at targeted apartment and condo complexes.

Our readers should keep in mind that the hostage-taking of employees of luxury condos and apartments who have subsequently been used to facilitate their entry into such dwellings occupied by wealthy Brazilians, expats and diplomats in Rio, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte have periodically been targeted over the last 20 years. 

Consequently, targets of means should be very cautious in selecting a residence in major Brazilian cities and consider the following criteria:

1. Rule out single-family residences that are not surrounded by a 360-degree opaque wall that is at least nine feet in height;

2. Do not select a residence that does not have underground or 24/7 locked vehicular parking;

3. Do not consider a condo or apartment below the third or above the eighth floor, given the risk of access through an adjacent structure or the fact that many conventional fire ladders in Brazil often reach only the eighth floor;

4. Rule out apartments and condos that do not have a well-trained, licensed, vetted and competent armed security force protecting the premises, as most criminal enterprises are heavily armed; and

5. Don't consider apartments or condos that do not have 24/7 access control monitored by well-trained security personnel.

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