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Lower crime rate in Rio, but still three times higher than Sao Paulo.

Despite the record reduction in the amount of murders and robberies, some crime rates in Rio de Janeiro are still almost three times higher than those of the brazilian city of São Paulo. The murder rate per 100 thousand inhabitants in the territory of Rio de Janeiro last year, for example, was 29.8 – a record for local standards. In the same period, however, Sao Paulo reported the index of 10.47.

The Statistics Security Bureau of Brazil today announced that  4768 homicides were recorded in the state of Rio do Janeiro last year. It is the lowest number ever recorded since 1991. Compared to 2009 the decrease was 17.7%. The result is even more significant when compared to figures of 2006, Rio recorded 6,323 homicides. The reduction was 24.6%. But here too the numbers of São Paulo are lower. The records of killings in Sao Paulo State last year totaled 4,320 cases.

The rates of street robbery showed the largest increase. In 2006, 64,665 cases were recorded in Rio. Last year there were 78,546 in the same city. Still, this index decreased compared to 2009, when it reached the record of 88,495 cases. The Secretariat of the Government of Rio de Janeiro evaluated positively the indices presented.

According to the secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame, the reductions are a reflection of the deployment of units of the federal police and community police (UPP) in underserved communities and the planning and operational coordination of police calls in the Integrated Public Safety Regions (Risps). Beltrame, however, stressed that there is still much to do and nothing to celebrate.

“We’re not celebrating anything. The Rio de Janeiro state is still far from what we expect to arrive,” said Beltrame. “What I think is most important is that the strategy adopted causes all indexes show the reduction of violence.”

The Undersecretary for Planning and Operational Integration of the government of Rio, Roberto Sá, says that Sao Paulo continues to show better statistics than Rio because the work of the State of São Paulo is consistent for eight years. “We were in Sao Paulo to follow the work that was done there. They come with a consistent policy of reducing crime eight years ago,” said Sa. “Four years from now, we want to display numbers similar to those of Sao Paulo.”