Wave of Street Crime Hits Rio de Janeiro

A wave of street crime has hit the city of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup, adding to concerns over the effectiveness of the government’s high-profile campaign to “pacify” tough neighborhoods.

Newly released statistics show that street muggings in the first quarter shot up 44%, to 10,154 from the same period a year earlier, according to the Institute of Public Security of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio residents say they’ve noticed a dramatic increase in stickups, pick-pocketing and purse snatching in recent months.

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