Brazil Cops Advise Tourists: If Robbed, Don't Scream
Police issue pamphlet ahead of World Cup
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2014 6:29 PM CDT
File photo of police officers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(Newser) – Muggings are so common on the streets of Brazil these days that police have some advice for tourists coming to next month's World Cup: If someone tries to rob them, they should not "react, scream, or argue," says a new brochure issued in Sao Paulo and noticed by the BBC. Otherwise, they'll risk becoming murder victims, too. "Tourists come mainly from Europe and the United States, where they do not see this crime very often," explains the official in charge of World Cup security.

The Washington Post reports that muggings are up 44% in the first four months of this year in Rio state, and police are threatening to go on strike nationwide during the monthlong World Cup over pay and working conditions. And all this comes with Brazil under fire on the world stage for being so far behind in preparing for the 2016 Olympics.

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May 16, 2014 7:13 AM CDT
I used to live in Recife, it is important to carry some money for them, if you have nothing they will often cut you. Sometimes there will be an accomplice nearby who will have a gun, who will shoot you if you make a scene. Many Brasilians carry guns to protect themselves, however if the thieves do overpower you, and you have a gun they might take a finger off. Not sure how this World Cup event changes the thieves' strategy but believe it or not, tourists, generally, were not robbed as much in popular tourist cities as much the indigenous as the thieves know where their 'bread is buttered, ' and know that tourists bring in money for everyone...
May 14, 2014 11:35 AM CDT
advice: no need to carry valuable items outside. secure all items under clothes where poss and keep a few notes handy - if someone approaches you, shove the cash in their face and they'll prob run with it :)
May 14, 2014 10:41 AM CDT
How about not having the World Cup in such a sh*thole?