Reminder To Stay Safe In Rio And Brazil In General


A friend sent me a link to an YouTube video about some petty theft in Rio de Janeiro that had resurfaced for the Olympics. There are quite a few examples on that video what is going on in the city.

There have been some athletes that have had their belongings stolen (saw some US swimming team member yesterday being interviewed about their experience on CNN) and many are advised to travel only in groups.


I have certainly had my own experiences with petty theft in Brazil from several guys putting me on the ground and taking cash (in Salvador da Bahia) to police trying to shake some cash out from me when going from Ipanema to InterContinental (now Tulip) in a cab.

Then there was the case where Sofitel Rio de Janeiro hotel employee helped him/herself to some of my cash (read more here).

It is usually good idea to leave valuables in the hotel and have just cash and a credit card when going out.

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  • Guilherme

    Brazilians should be carefull with the foreigners as they are stealing all the olympic medals from the brazilian team.

    • 100Paciência

      Lambe-saco cheira-rola de gringo dos infernos, você, hein!!! Vai ser vira-lata assim pendurado na piroca do capeta, malandro!!!

      • 100

        Can you speak in English? No? OK then

        • 100Paciência

          Você não é muito esperto, não é mesmo? Imagine que eu não soubesse… o que eu estaria fazendo aqui, em um site em inglês? Auto-flagelando-me? Acho que não, né? Portanto, respondendo a sua pergunta: sim, falo inglês, mas só quando eu quero! Por fim, eu não devia, mas vou te explicar uma coisa (já que você é limitado e não conseguiu entender antes, mesmo eu tendo escrito em português, sua língua materna!): escrevo em português quando me deparo com imbecis com síndrome de vira-lata, que nem você, falando mal do seu país e babando ovo de gringo. Seja homem e pare com esta merda!!!

  • J.

    Black crimes matter everywhere

  • DavidA

    Rio: I have stayed in Flamengo (bairro) non- tourist hotels three times for a week at a time- never a problem! Taken the Metro and taxis too. But not past 1AM. Also stayed in Catete (bairro) twice w/ no issues except for the traffic and 40C… For one Carnaval it was hectic and noisy but not dangerous, party 24/7!! One Super Bowl Sunday (ended at 3AM) I walked Ipanema streets searching for a taxi, found one w/ AC!
    Os hoteis e parias de Copa e Ipa sao ímãs de ladraoes, mas nao procure eles as 4AM.
    O de Lochtne/EUA foi programado, taxistas sabem os boates e entregam os turistas aos ladraoes!

  • aaron

    First. This Video is old and has nothing to do with the Olympics.
    If you dont show your mobilephone or jewlery u also not will be a traget. I was serval times in Rio without problems. Use commen sense.