Brazil’s largest security operation in the country’s history is currently underway in Rio. Launched prior to the Games, extreme measures were taken to amp up the forces, despite economic barriers. Known previously as one of the most violent cities, the Olympic Village, venues and surrounding area are being guarded with security from around the world and experts in intelligence have counterterrorism measures in place. Some local citizens in Rio, though, feel they are not adequately protected, even with the added personnel.
15. Rio’s Crime Reality
The put Rio’s crime in perspective, the city experiences an average of fourteen homicides per day. In the first quarter of 2016, Rio recorded 1,715 murders, up fifteen per cent from the same time last year. Despite the 47,000 police officers, 38,000 soldiers and 3,000 naval personnel deployed, tourists are being warned to “dress poor” by the U.S. State Department, while the French are advised to carry some local cash to hand over in the event of a mugging. It is “always useful to have a 20- or 50-real bill to keep the robber happy,” said a French spokesman.