Argentine Businessman Killed in Robbery in Passo Fundo, Underscores Violent Crime Risks in Rio Grande do Sul State
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Category: Criminal Activity
Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
05/04/2015 (Brazil) – Media reports on Sunday, 3 May, indicated that an Argentine businessman was killed after refusing to surrender his vehicle to suspected robbers in Passo Fundo, a municipality in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Officials from the Argentine consulate in the state stated that the robbery took place as the businessman was travelling with his 7-year-old son in their car on 29 April. The victim’s son was reportedly not injured in the incident.
Incidents of carjacking and other violent crime pose major security concerns in Rio Grande do Sul. According to the Secretariat for Public Security (SSP) in 2014, there has been an increase in the number of vehicles being stolen at gunpoint in recent years, although exact figures remain unclear. The state also recorded 590 murders in the first quarter of 2014, corresponding to an increase of 10 per cent compared to the same period last year. Most of incidents have been blamed on youth gang members and narco-criminals.
Travellers in Passo Fundo and the rest of Rio Grande do Sul should remain vigilant and maintain a low-profile when in unfamiliar surroundings. Clients should avoid repetitive daily movement patterns which could be detected and exploited by criminals. It is also recommended to use reliable but modest vehicles for overland travel to avoid attracting unwanted attention. When travelling in a vehicle, keep doors locked, windows up, and valuables out of sight. Pedestrian travel is also strongly discouraged after dark. In the event of a robbery, avoid resisting or confronting assailants as they are likely to be armed and may resort to violence.
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