Brazil Issues Safety Warning To World Cup Visitors

By Editorial 21 May, 2014

Police in Brazil are producing leaflets that advise World Cup fans on how to stay safe during their time in the country, amid concerns of high crime rates in Rio.

Mário Leite, who is in charge of security for the event, told Estadão de Sao Paulo that police are being made ready to tackle the problem of armed robbery, but said that visitors from Europe and North America may not be used to encountering this type of crime. In particular, visitors are being advised not to challenge robbers, and to be particularly vigilant, to keep valuable objects hidden, and be careful when out at night.

Leite explained that the leaflets are being published in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and will be distributed abroad by Brazilian embassies and consulates. Similar advice has also been issued by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Japanese citizens traveling to the event.

In December, Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said that violence with social origins is a "horrible fact" of Brazil.

You can check out our city guide for World Cup goers here.

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