Society

Government boasts improving crime numbers, but how much credit does it deserve?

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Homicides down 21.2 percent. Rape cases, 13.6 percent. Vehicle theft, 27.5 percent. These are just some of the latest numbers from Brazil’s National Public Security Information System (Sinesp), which shows falling figures in nine types of crime across the first four months of 2019. While results are contested, they come as a much-needed image boost for the current administration.

In comparison to January–April 2018, Sinesp data shows falls of over one-fifth in homicides, 8.6 percent in attempted murders, and 5.3 percent in serious bodily injuries resulting in death. Instances of other violent crime have also dropped, as we see...

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