2015 Criminal Analysis
Igarapé Institute explains the reducing crime rates in the city and in the state of Rio de Janeiro
According to the Institute of Public Security (ISP), the city of Rio de Janeiro recently recorded the lowest homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants since 1991, when data began to be systematically collected. The city, which experienced 73.9 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 1994 and a rate of 34.4 in 2009, ended 2015 with a homicide rate of 18.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Actions taken by various public security agencies, such as the Secretary of State for Public Security (SESEG) and the Civil and Military Police forces for the State of Rio de Janeiro (PCERJ and PMERJ, respectively), parallel this downward trend. Among the initiatives is the implementation of the Targets and Results Monitoring System (SIM), which strives for better coordination of these pubic agencies by setting targets for reducing key crime indicators, as well as adopting financial incentives to drive and coordinate joint agency action.