Safety in Rio de Janeiro is a subject frequently brought up by guest before and during their stays at Connection Rio. With the changes Rio is undergoing in preparation for World Cup 2014 and Olympic Games 2016 much has improved in regards to safety of those in this city … the sleeping giant awakes. Public records of crime rates clearly show the statistics of decreasing numbers for Rio. As the World’s eyes are directed at this economy of a “sleeping giant” awakening, it has become of great importance to Brazilian government to answer allegations of corruption, improve living conditions for the impoverished and decrease crime rates. As the Brazilian flag states, “Order and Progress” but only recently has this slogan become visible as an ongoing effort to those watching from afar. None the less order and progress is taking hold.
Visitors to the city it is important to remember the fact that it is just that, “a city”. As in any large city there are dangers, precautions and places that are better left alone. First on a list of suggestions is to know where you are going, being able to there and back. This will avoid the appearance of an out of place, wanderer, who has lost their way. Consider by most to be an obvious act to avoid (none the less frequently ignored) is keeping your valuables out of sight. That does not mean you will have to be paranoid and hide your iphone in your underwear but just use a little common sense. If you are out late night on the streets, weather they are crowded or not, keep that phone in your pocket until you reach a familiar place to make a call. Carrying a professional or large expensive camera with you is also alright, depending on your surroundings and where in Rio you plan on taking your photos. Again, late night on the streets keep your camera to yourself or shoot at your own risk. If you are ever in a situation of being held up, give up your belongings as they are not worth your life.
Media today would have you believe that heavily armed men will jump out of windows and from behind parked cars to take your valuable belongings and bodily organs. Fortunately that is not the case.
Most of the accounts from people who are held up generally say the same thing, they where not paying attention to their surroundings. Most unwanted confrontations are avoidable by being aware of your surroundings and what is going on. *Aware is not paranoia, it is being conscious.
Three simple things to remember:
- Know where you are going.
- Keep your valuables to yourself.
- Be aware of your surroundings.