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Acquisitive Offences Make One Victim Every 30 Seconds in São Paulo

08/14/2017 - 10h30

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ROGÉRIO PAGNAN
DANIEL MARIANI
FROM SÃO PAULO

The victim of a robbery in February, businesswoman Gabriela Almeida decided to take part in a demonstration against the escalating violence in Real Parque, in the west zone of São Paulo.

However, she never made it to the protest, scheduled for a Saturday in July. At the same time on the same day, she needed to help her father, whose house had been burglarized in the neighborhood of City Butantã.

"I was on my way to the demonstration when my father called me and said that he had just been robbed. The criminals had tied him up."

Almeida's experience is an example of the wave of acquisitive offences that the population of São Paulo has been facing - these crimes made one victim every 30 seconds in the state in the first six months of this year.

These crimes include theft, robbery and murder combined with aggravated robbery. From cars to mobile phones, including bank robberies and cargo theft - all crimes that involve some kind of valuable good.

In all, 512,459 cases were registered. The increase in comparison with the first half of 2016 is small (0.3%); however, it is the tenth hike in the state since 2002, in a comparison of the first halves of each year.

The number of acquisitive offences showed a hike of nearly 70,000 cases in 15 years in the state of São Paulo, currently under the Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) administration.

The Department of Public Security of São Paulo says the increase in the number of acquisitive offences is occurring across the country and that the data of the first half of the year show stability.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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