The Most Dangerous Cities in Brazil

As can be seen in the infographic above, the cities of Brazil are significantly more dangerous than any in the UK. Manaus, where England are playing their first group game of the FIFA World Cup against Italy, has a murder rate of 70.37 per 100,000 people compared to 2.7 per in Glasgow (the highest rate in the UK) and 1.6 in London. With these shockingly high figures in mind, we have put together a collection of other statistics about crime in Brazil and the World Cup.

Construction for the Brazil World Cup:

Unfortunately, accidents while working in the construction industry aren’t uncommon in the UK. Having said that, the quality of health and safety in the working environment for UK construction workers is much higher than can be expected for anyone working on building the stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup:

  • There have been eight deaths in Brazil at World Cup venues.
  • Two workers died when a crane collapsed at the stadium while hoisting a 500-tonne piece of roofing.
  • Three workers died in the Arena de Amazonia in Manaus due to work related accidents, while disassembling a crane that has been used to install the stadium’s roof.
  • Another worker was killed by a concrete slab that had fallen from the monorail in Sao Paulo.

Dangerous Crime in Brazil:

Here are some stats about dangerous crimes in Brazil, and the impact they have had on one of the largest economies in South America:

  • In 2007, 12.5% of all deaths in Brazil were caused by violence, mostly among young men.
  • Between 1997 and 2007, the prison population in Brazil grew faster than in any other American country. Brazil now has a prison rate of 274 per 100,000 people, compared to 148 per 100,000 people in England.
  • Expenditure on police, prisons, private security, public health, loss of human capital and personal loss from robbery and theft, was over estimated to be over £2 billion. This was 5.1% of Brazil’s GDP in 2004.
  • In 2008 the average homicide rate worldwide was 7.9 per 100,000 people. The homicide rare in Brazil was 29.6 per 100,000 people. Shockingly, in 2004 alone an estimated 2.5 million years of healthy life were lost due to violent crime.
  • After Mexico and Nigeria, Brazil is the country with the highest risk of kidnapping in the world. Organized crime groups will demand between $250,000 and $2 million in ransom.

Crime statistics about Manaus:

The Amazonian city of Manaus in Brazil had 70.37 homicides per 100,000 residents, compared to the figure we have already mentioned of 1.6 per 100,000 in London. Aside from this high murder rate, there are a number of other crime statistics in Manaus worth knowing:

  • Before the World War One, Manaus was one of the richest places in the Americas, largely due to the volume of rubber it was able to export. It was the first city in Brazil to install an electrical grid, and the per-capita consumption of champagne was higher than anywhere else in South America. In recent times, tax breaks from the Brazilian Government have helped revive this flagging city.
  • 70% of the 945 homicides in Manaus last year were attributed to drug trafficking. This has led to it being branded the 11th most dangerous place on Earth. • Manaus is the main transportation hub for a network of drug traffickers that begin in Peru and Columbia.
  • The two main gangs that control the Manaus crime environment are called the First Capital Command (PCC) and the Family of the North (FDN). Despite this, smaller more disparate gangs are responsible for 70% of homicides in the city.

Statistics about Brazil and the World Cup

Brazil has invested a lot in ensuring that people visiting are kept safe, and this can be seen in the higher volume of security personnel that have been present at the tournament so far. Here are some other figures about the World Cup security in Brazil:

  • An estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people will be spending between $10,000 and $20,000 on enhanced personal security. This translates to a windfall of nearly $12 million for the private security industry.
  • The security budget for the World Cup is about $840 million, according to analysts at research firm IHS who study business risks in Latin America. This is nearly five times what South Africa spent on security for the 2010 World Cup.
  • Brazil is expected to deploy roughly 170,000 security personnel, including members of the military, to help maintain order and secure the nation’s borders. • Paulo Storani, a security expert who spent nearly 30 years on Rio’s police force, said at least half of the 12 World Cup host cities have experienced a recent rise in violent crime over the past year.

Stay safe in Brazil

So there you have it, a collection of useful crime statistics about Brazil and the impact that the World Cup has had on this South American superpower. We hope you have found this post useful, and above all, if you’re lucky enough to be in Brazil for the tournament, keep safe!


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