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Tourism: Rio, Brazil, Comes in 2nd as World's Most Dangerous Place PDF Print E-mail
2009 - September 2009
Written by Newsroom   
Saturday, 19 September 2009 12:06

Christ the Redeemer, Rio, Brazil Holiday goers want to enjoy a carefree time. Sadly, too often these tourists get caught up in unsafe and unpleasant situations. The holiday review website Zoover has compiled a list of holiday destinations that are best avoided if you want to enjoy a carefree and much earned vacation.

1) Durban, South Africa

In South Africa some cities are unable to guarantee your safety. Especially the harbor city of Durban is notorious as far as personal safety goes. A. Dijkhzuizen has the following warning: "Be careful, don't just get into a taxi. You could get ambushed, robbed etc. Taxi chauffeurs are regularly murdered, especially those driving buses or vans."

2) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This South American metropolis is known for its criminal activity and corruption. The reason Jeroen van den Bos won't return to Rio de Janeiro, in his words, is: "At first glance it appears to be a beautiful city but in reality it's polluted and we were robbed at gunpoint of our money, sunglasses and sports shoes in the Ipanema suburb. The police did not make us feel any better or safer".

3) Nairobi, Kenya

The capital of Kenya displays a large discrepancy between the wealthy and poor. Bert has the following to say: "Kenya and the capital Nairobi are beautiful but terribly criminal. Make sure that you take a taxi at night or are escorted because "going out" without such safety precautions is foolish".

4) Playa el Agua, Isla Margarita

This popular coastal destination is becoming increasingly unsafe. "Very dangerous, we could not even leave our compound. Several people were robbed, and I mean with a gun to their head", according to Wendy who spent her holiday there.

5) Caracas, Venezuela

In the capital city of Venezuela, poverty is sadly the cause of much criminal activity. Tonny Oosterwaal experienced this first hand: "I was robbed at gunpoint which caused my wife to faint," he told Zoover.

Zoover describes itself as an independent and free holiday website where holiday destinations and accommodations are reviewed. The site is active in the UK as well as Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey.

Comments (14)Add Comment
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written by observer, September 20, 2009
Happy but Dangerous
Crime
written by Palomudo, September 20, 2009
I wonder who writes such innacuracies, not to dispute crimes in these cities above but nothing is said about mayor cities in the USA and Europe, BS!

Miami is very safe right? Colombia even safer right?

Well I often travel to those cities mentioned above and also USA and Europe and the crime in major US cities like New York , LA and Chicago is superior than RIo and Caracas.
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written by PTRio, September 20, 2009
I tried to find the article on Zoover.com, but could not. If anyone has a link I would appreciate it. I am wondering exactly how they came to their conclusions.

I live in Rio. In Ipanema. There have been two shootouts between police and criminals on the street in front of my apartment this past year. No one could remember another before that. It seems that as the police chase the criminals out of the favelas, they are moving on from drug dealing into stealing cars and motorcycles and robbing jewelry stores. But I have not heard of many tourist robberies. A few credit card cloning rings have been broken up, but robbing tourists is petty theft (unless of course you are the one robbed) and most of Rio's criminals are used to a higher standard of living than robbing pocket cash, necklaces and cell phones provides. They much prefer robbing those wealthier locals who have just used a cash machine.

In Rio, you can be dead or at least robbed (if you want to) within 15-30 minutes walking distance from just about anywhere in town. Same in New York, or any major city on Earth.
SAFE and not SORRY
written by Jay Glenn, September 20, 2009
In Rio, you can be dead or at least robbed (if you want to) within 15-30 minutes walking distance from just about anywhere in town. Same in New York, or any major city on Earth.

I have walked the streets of Rio, London, Caracas, Washington DC, and New York.
Never had a problem, I agree each city has places you do not wish to go.
It would be stupid for any tourist. To think every place is safe any time of the day,
Under any circumstances.

Worked in Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland for 30 years.
The region has many places I have never gone into, and will never.

Rio has them also, do your homework use your head.

Stupid can be terminal, but it can improve the gene pool.
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written by observer, September 20, 2009
Now Rio or Recife? Which is more dangerous?
O Happy Days
written by Lloyd Cata, September 20, 2009
Jay,
I have walked the streets of Rio, London, Caracas, Washington DC, and New York.

I wholeheartedly agree, as I have walked many of those same streets. Being originally from New York, I can tell you that we were raised with a sense of our surroundings. We grew up on dangerous streets so wherever we go, even more in unfamiliar areas, we are alert and cautious to the little nuances that portend a dangerous situation is likely. It is almost a sixth sense. I disagree that New York has as many or comparable dangerous areas as Rio. As measured by credited agencies New York is now one of the safest cities of its size and population in the world. There are still unsafe places in NYC and most of them would be accessible by public transportation, but it is very seldom that a tourist is molested or confronted by street violence. However, before ending, I can tell you that US street violence is officially a national health concern. Many US cities like Chicago or New Orleans would surpass Rio in the per capita rate of violence against children and the elderly.

I am guessing you are in sales or engineering to enjoy (sometimes not!) so many great locations. Kudos once again because, in truth, ignorance is probably the most dangerous thing to take into uncertain environments. A cautionary article but I'm not so sure of the validity of the rankings, i.e. both neighbors Caracas and Rio being in the top 5?
Comparing murder rates
written by Lew, September 20, 2009
These data are a couple of years old (2007) but show clearly that Rio is many times more dangerous than New York. These are the number of murders per 100,000 people:

Detroit: 47.3
Rio de Janeiro*: 45
Baltimore: 43.3
New Orleans: 37.6
Washington DC: 29.1
Bogota*: 18
Moscow*: 11.9
New York: 6.1
London**: 2.1
Tokyo*: 1.4

There are popular tourist destinations in the US that, while not as dangerous as Rio, do have high rates of violent crime: notably New Orleans and Washington. But the tourist attractions in both of those places are relatively isolated from the neighborhoods where crime is most prevalent. And in Washington the areas tourists frequent have a particularly high level of security and law enforcement presence. In any case, New York is very safe.
zoovers, hoovers
written by sage, September 20, 2009
a very baised & slanted article.

zoovers - making tourism safe for europe!

re. stats. on city murders per capita 1 has to consider what the baised statisticians are including
as part of these cities. for new york they are probably just including the core city - manhatten, etc.
& not the entire metro area. i can bet that any parts of the ny metro area are unpolicable or visitable

could also be zoovers' hidden zionist agenda to make ny appear safer than it really is.

Hey hey !
written by ch.c., September 20, 2009
Just read, if you can, the World Crime Rate Rankings...per 100'000 capita !
And it is quite known even by brazilians that Rio is the city with the highest crime rate in Brazil thus...far worse than the country average ALREADY VERY HIGH !

Furthermore 50 % of all young Brazilians Deaths , aged 15-24, are from VIOLENT DEATHS !
INCREDIBLE...BUT TRUE, wether you like it or not !

And the crime rate dont even figure out WHEN THERE IS NOOO DEATH, BUT JUST EITHER LIGHTLY OR DEEPLY HARMED !
Let alone when you are attacked and "just threatened" but still robbed and not physically harmed at all !!
Thus you can multiply at least by TEN the real rate of INSECURITY !

In Rio alone there are 50'000 Violent Deaths...PER YEAR ! Correct or Not...Palumbo ?
True that these number may not even include the MANY HUNDREDS of innocents children KILLED BY YOUR FAMOUS...DEATHS SQUADS !


Finally it haopens that I know quite well a good dozens of Brazilians expats in my city !
Every one of them, without exception, had been robbed or attacked while they resided in BRAZIL.
All of them had also AT LEAST ONCE one family member robbed or attacked. A few...TWICE !
A brazilian even told me that 2 of her brothers still in Recife.....NEVER EVER GO OUT WITHOUT THEIR GUNS ! Both are in their 30s.

hey..hey !
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written by Episilon Eridani, September 20, 2009
Finally it haopens that I know quite well a good dozens of Brazilians expats in my city !
Every one of them, without exception, had been robbed or attacked while they resided in BRAZIL.
All of them had also AT LEAST ONCE one family member robbed or attacked. A few...TWICE !


Did they show you any proof of being attacked or robbed? An easy way to get into Switzerland claiming that they were the "victims" of the "bandidos".

A brazilian even told me that 2 of her brothers still in Recife.....NEVER EVER GO OUT WITHOUT THEIR GUNS ! Both are in their 30s.


Your "friend" from Recife? Great. You will have two brand new "cunhados" seeking asylum in Switzerland. Prepare your basement for them to hide. Make sure you disarm them before they come to live with you! smilies/cheesy.gif
Brazil is safer than USA
written by Globosoft, September 24, 2009
Brazil is safer and happier than USA. You should visit BrazilTube http://www.braziltube.com to agree.
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written by Pancho, September 25, 2009
Crime
written by Palomudo, September 19, 2009
I wonder who writes such innacuracies, not to dispute crimes in these cities above but nothing is said about mayor cities in the USA and Europe, BS!

Miami is very safe right? Colombia even safer right?

Well I often travel to those cities mentioned above and also USA and Europe and the crime in major US cities like New York , LA and Chicago is superior than RIo and Caracas.

I live in LA and this is not true. Very few people get robbed at gun point in LA. Most of the violence is Mexican gangs shooting at each other.. I've never had shoeshine people squirt my shoes or street kids begging me for 2 blocks. It is the poverty that causes the crime in Rio and the hopelessness in the people.
It's not a myth; it's real
written by Morena, July 30, 2010
Why can't Brazilians act in a sensible manner when the issue of crime and violence in Brazil is raised? Behaving like petulant children and attacking those who discuss the issue does not add anything worthwhile to the disucssion. Brazil is racked with crime and violence and anyone who attempts to deny this usually has an agenda (Brazilians by acting defensively seem to think they are "protecting" their country).

If there is one thing worse than Brazilian denials, it's the smart arse, "know all" backpacker brigade and the ex-pats who also spout denials about the existence, extent and scale of crime in Brazil. This is often ego driven and involves berating those who have witnessed crime in Brazil or who have experienced it first hand for being "negative" and "exaggerating."

Anyone who misrepresents the possible dangers from crime in Brazil should show some sense of responsibility; do you want to be the reason for some naive visitor to be placed in danger when they visit Brazil - simply because they bought into your "Brazil is safe" nonsense?
Shitlist alert!
written by Parsons, April 05, 2011
"Rio de Janeiro: 45 50
New Orleans: 37.6 22
Bogota: 18 19
Baltimore: 43.3 13
Detroit: 47.3 11
Washington DC: 29.1 7
New York: 6.1 5
London: 2.1"

http://www.sangari.com/mapadaviolencia/pdf2011/MapaViolencia2011.pdf

http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/data/table_06.html

Lew, your list (2006 based) is atrocious, I've corrected it.

Morena, I agree.

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