Brazil is ranked by the U.S State Department as a Critical threat level of crime, with Sao Paulo's main threat being opportunistic crime. Although opportunistic, all crime in Brazil has the risk of turning hyper-violent and escalating quickly to deadly force – literally in seconds if orders are not complied with immediately or any disrespect is shown or inferred.
Crime poses the main risk to business travelers throughout the country. Visitors are particularly susceptible to opportunistic crime, such as bag snatching, armed street robbery, car theft and carjacking, especially in tourist areas, on public transport, outside major hotels, in business districts, along beaches and in other densely populated areas.
Brazil’s murder rate is more than four times higher than that of the United States, and rates for other crimes are similarly high. There are no buffer zones - due to the close proximity at all times to dangerous areas, favelas or transit routes close to favelas means that even high scale, upper-class, expensive communities are not considered safe from the threat of crime.
Foreign tourists are especially vulnerable to petty crime. Thieves are active at outdoor markets, airports, tourist sites, hotel lobbies, bus stations and other public places. Although most victims are locals, foreigners should exercise caution at all times. Chronically high crime levels are fuelled by the easy availability of firearms, the influence of drug- and arms-trafficking gangs, and inefficient policing. Most victims of crime are local people, though each year a number of foreigners are killed or injured during attempted robberies, carjacking’s and opportunistic crime – often the cause is resisting or complicating.
Please contact us to speak with an ExecSecure Consultant for local, best practice methodology, and advice regarding what vehicles, security and set-up to consider. The threat situation changes constantly and personal risk tolerances and situations change between clients.