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Fatal homicide rates drop in the state of Rio

March 27, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

For the second consecutive month, intentional homicide and violent lethality rates (manslaughter, robbery followed by death, bodily injury followed by death and death by the intervention of a state agent) dropped in the state of Rio de Janeiro. In February, manslaughter rates declined by 28% in relation to the same period in 2018. This was February with the lowest number of victims in the last 28 years and the lowest number of victims since August 2015. It was a 17% drop compared to January.

The violent lethality rate had a 16% drop in relation to February last year and 15% when compared to January 2019. The robberies followed by death also fell sharply in February: eight victims in the month in 2019 and 21 in the same period last year. Deaths by the intervention of state agents, however, increased by 42% compared to February 2018. When compared to January this year, it was a 9% drop.

Crimes against property, such as vehicle and cargo theft also continued to decline in February. Vehicle thefts in the state decreased by 26% compared to February 2018 and, compared to January this year, decreased by 6%. Cargo thefts, in turn, dropped by 13% compared to February last year. Compared to last month, it was also a 13% drop. Street robbery (robbery of passerby, cellphone theft and theft of public transportation) remained stable in February: a 1% increase in relation to February 2018. However, when compared to January this year, there was a 6% decrease.

The data, which are part of a survey released by the Institute of Public Security (ISP), a government agency responsible for violence statistics, refer to Occurrence Records drawn up in Civil Police station in the 92 municipalities of the state of Rio de Janeiro during the month of February.

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