Crime is surging in Brazil ahead of the World Cup final, especially on “public transportation” and “public beaches.”
According to the Huffington Post, muggings on Rio de Janerio’s “bus fleet, the main form of public transport in [the] metropolis of 12 million, doubled over the last year.” There were “more than 420 incidents…reported in a January alone.”
Rio has responded to the skyrocketing crime by increasing “the number of officers who will be on duty during the June 12-13 World Cup by around 20 percent.”
The U.S. State Department has put out a warning about the rising number of “robberies on city buses, [and] in banks and at ATMS” as well. They advise U.S. citizens not to fight back if confronted by a robber.
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