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Rio de Janeiro Safety Tips Rio de Janeiro, with a population of over 6 million people, is a big city by any standards. Working class and the upper middle class often share the same neighborhood, the same beach. Social contrasts are quite evident. OK, Rio de Janeiro may not be as safe as Trondheim, but thinking of the city as violent would be completely unfair. Most areas of interest to visitors are located either on the South Side, or the historical strip from Flamengo to Downtown. The high criminality rates happen in areas of the West Side that hold little interest to visitors. The city is doing a serious effort to deal with the safety issue, and results are starting to show. In addition to the federal and military police, municipal guards help control traffic, and keep the sidewalks relatively free of vendors. At the beach cops on shorts patrol on foot and on sand-mobiles. Having said that, there are of course a few common sense rules you should follow to stay out of trouble. We have lined up some basic guidelines we try to follow ourselves. Remember: You’re a big star in Rio because you’re a foreigner. But don’t behave as a big star.
Rio de Janeiro Safety Tips Don’t try to do things you’re not sure by your own. Questions and doubts: ask the guide. Stay below the radar screen to fly safely: don’t try to be the one walking around. In Rio, take taxis at night, even for relatively short distances. Don't wear jewelry. Wear simple clothing: you look nice in Norway but in Rio things are different. Don’t try to be a hero: if you see an odd situation, simply run away. Don’t handle money so that everybody can see you have it: be discreet. Stay in public places as much as possible. Carry along a photocopy of your passport, in case you are asked to show some ID. Leave the original in your safety box. Stay on the South side of Rio, or at areas specifically recommended by the guide. Don’t walk alone any time of the day: try to be always in a group of at least 4 people. Avoid dark or isolated areas where you do not see a single soul at night, such as the Flamengo Park, or the Financial District. Walk with a sense of purpose, as if you knew where you are going to. Looking like a victim is the first step to becoming one.
Rio de Janeiro Safety Tips Don't leave your camcorder or state-of-the-art camera swinging from your limp hand, like a shopping bag. Wear shoulder straps. If you bring along expensive cameras, camcorders or laptops, consider an insurance. At the beach, do not leave your expensive camera, passport and/or cash laying around on the sand unattended while you go for a few laps. Do not hide your money in your $200 sneakers either, or you will lose both (that's an old one). Don't leave your belongins unattended behind your back while you are, e.g. sitting on the sand distracted by the girls or boys that pass by. Do not take regular buses alone, taxis cost much less than you expect. If you must take a bus (at your own risk), avoid the window seats and the back rows. Keep the exact change in hand, so you don't have to mess with your wallet (which is obviously in your front pocket). Good Night Cinderella and similar drinks are an old trick that still works. You take a drink offered by a friendly stranger (man or woman). It contains powerful sleeping drugs. You will need help to get back to your hotel room, and this caring and friendly person will gain access to your valuables while you are helpless. Do not leave your drink unattended at bars or discos, for the same reason.
Rio de Janeiro Safety Tips Don't take strangers you've just met back to your hotel room - even if you think you are in love! This is the easiest way to become a victim of violence or robery. Say that your hotel does not allow visitors (which may well be true) and go to a honeymoon motel, instead. Everybody knows where to find them. If someone accidentally spills something on you in the street, and offers to clean it, say thank you and walk away. They may have a partner waiting for a chance to pick your wallet while you are distracted with the action. At nightclubs and rock shows, stay away from pitboys. These muscular guys, nicknamed after their pitbulls, tend to hang out in boys-only groups. They may pick up fights for no apparent reason. Their favorite victims are members of other pitboy groups, or with security guards. Don’t push people by any means: they hate this and may be very angry. Don't get involved with the drug scene, even if you think you know what you're doing. If you get in trouble with the police, do not offer a bribe. It could make things go from bad to sour. Underhanded cops are usually very open when they are creating a problem to sell the solution. If the worse happens and you are approached by some criminal element, try and keep calm. Never fight back. They may have guns, be on drugs, could react violently. You certainly have more to lose than they do.
Rio de Janeiro Safety Tips Traffic in in Rio is very dangerous. Drivers do not stop for you to cross the zebra unless they see the red light. Remember, never cross a street out of the zebra. If you need a hospital, ask for a private one. Try to avoid public hospitals. Though police officers in the street try to be helpful, most do not speak other languages. If you need to report something was stolen for insurance purposes, go directly to the tourist police (DEAT). Their office is located in Leblon, on Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco s/n, across from nightclub Scala.