Robbed in Brazil? Don't scream, says brochure for World Cup fans
If someone tries to rob you, do not react, scream or argue. That is one of the tips in a pamphlet that the Brazilian police have put together for football fans planning to attend the World Cup next month.
The police are warning visitors not to provoke robbers to avoid further violence. Robberies that end in murders are reportedly an increasing crime trend in Brazil. Last year, these homicidal robberies, also known as latrocinios, rose nine per cent to a nine-year high of 385.
The guide, which will be published in English, French and Spanish, also warns against showing off expensive possessions and walking alone at night. Tourists are also encouraged to make sure that they aren't being followed.
Police officer Mario Leite told Brazilian Daily Estado de S.Paulo: "Tourists coming from Europe or the U.S. don't come frequently and aren't used to seeing these types of crimes. Since they're not used to it, they will react to an assault."
Brazil is preparing for almost 600,000 foreign visitors to attend the World Cup that will end on July 13. The police have also reportedly prepared to handle emergency calls in English and Spanish.
Sources: BBC, Bloomberg