01 Feb '11, 9pm

Officials: Rio has lowest murder rate in 20 years:

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian public safety officials say that Rio de Janeiro state registered the lowest murder rate in 20 years in 2010, and that other crime dropped as well. The officials say in a statement that Rio had 4,768 murders in 2010, less than 30 per 100,000 residents. They claim this is the lowest rate ever recorded. In a statement issued Monday, the state's public safety department said the rate of other crimes was also down, with vehicle thefts at their lowest point since 1997; deaths resulting from confrontations with police the lowest since 2001; and officers killed in the line of duty the lowest since 1998. The department said that it in the region that shows the greatest crime reduction this year, officials will pay each police officer an $1,800 bonus.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/BreakingNews/EDC110202-0000072...

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