There were three times more thefts than those recorded in the country’s police stations, according to a study carried out by the Center for Applied Science in Public Security of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), on monitoring crime indicators and violence in Brazil.
According to research, the rate of thefts is 2,226 per 100,000 inhabitants while the rate of thefts recorded in police stations is 683 per 100,000 inhabitants. This means that thefts are 3.2 times more frequent than officially recorded.
The analysis was based on data from the Directories of the Brazilian Public Security Forum and the PNAD Contínua supplement, from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), on victimization carried out during the last quarter of 2021.
The study also demonstrated the security perception of Brazilians, such as high or medium risk of being robbed or robbed.
Among those surveyed, the Federal District is the unit of the federation where people feel the most insecure. Next come Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. People in these three states reported adjusting their behavior the most to avoid becoming victims of crime.
In the Federal District, 55% of residents perceive a high or medium risk of street theft, while this rate is 47% in Rio de Janeiro and 46% in São Paulo. The rate of Brazilians who consider the risk of being murdered to be high or medium is 20%, 19% and 16% respectively.
Fear of being in a shooting
Regarding the fear of being a victim of a shooting, Rio de Janeiro was the highest of the three. 31% of residents of Rio de Janeiro expressed this fear, while this figure is 22% for the Federal District and 17% for São Paulo.
According to the report, a significant reduction in the rate of intentional violent deaths (MVI) was observed, from 32 per 100 thousand inhabitants in 2017 to 23 in 2022. According to the researchers, this drop can be attributed to the drop in the mortality rate in the North and the North-East, although the rest of the country recorded an increase.
Among the states, the most alarming situation is that of Bahia. “The figures reveal that the two regions still maintain the highest MVI rates by state and capital, distinguishing Salvador, with a rate of 66, and Bahia, with 47,” wrote those responsible for the study.