Friday, November 14, 2014

Brazil: A Resident Is Killed Every 10 Minutes From Violent Crime

According to The Latin American Tribune, Brazil recorded 53,646 violent deaths in 2013, which signifies that one person was killed every 10 minutes as a consequence of violence, according to figures of the Brazilian Public Safety Annual presented Tuesday (November in São Paulo.

The number, which includes intentional homicides and deaths in robberies, assaults and from bodily injuries in 2013, represents a 1.1% increase over 2012.

Of that total, 2,212 people were killed in police operations for an average of six deaths per day at the hands of agents, while 490 cops were either murdered or killed in police actions.

The study noted that 53.3% of those killed in Brazil were between ages 15-19, with 68% of them black and 93.8% male.

With regard to rape, Brazil last year recorded 50,320 cases, a slight increase of 0.19% over 2012, but according to the study, the number could triple because only 35.5% of sex-crime victims report them to the authorities.

The number of people jailed in the country in 2013 added up to 574,207, of whom 40.1% are awaiting trial, one reason for the country’s overcrowded prison system over the past few decades.

The document also indicates that violence cost Brazil 258 billion reais (some $101 billion) in 2013, a sum equivalent to 5.4% of gdp, according to the annual.

COMMENT: According to the below link:, all of Brazil's major cities fall into one category: 

2. Exercise a high degree of  caution

Having carefully reviewed the US Department of State's Crime and Safety Reports on Foreign Service Posts in recent years, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that even DS agents--my former colleagues--have been forced by their superiors to cease using the Department's heretofore four-tier threat classification system (Critical, High, Medium and Low THREAT designations).

It is for the above reason that I alternatively decided to urge all foreign travelers go to the Australian Government's link below:

The second link below reveals how the Australian government breaks down whether it is safe to travel to global destinations into four distinct categories:

1. Exercise normal safety precautions

2. Exercise high degree of caution

3. Reconsider your need to travel


If there is a way in which these terms can be "boiled down" to precise guidance, permit me to translate this guidance accordingly, subject to concurrence by the Australian government in the following order:

1. "Be cautious and suspicious, but be vigilant" 

2. "This destination is by no means Low Risk;
be VERY, VERY cautious"

3.  "Given the prevailing risks, how important is it to travel? 
Is your visit worth your life--IF the purpose of travel is optional?"

4. "Travel at your own risk; don't blame us"

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