Brazil tops murder rate charts for 2014, 59,627 homicides reported
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Brazil tops murder rate charts for 2014, 59,627 homicides reported

Brazil reported a total of 59,627 murders committed across the country in 2014, that’s the equivalent of 164 violent deaths per day according to a 2016 report completed by the Atlas of Violence.

This worrying total is 3.8 percent higher than the total number of murders registered during the previous year, according to NGO the Brazilian Forum for Public Safety, daily El Espectador reports.

While the country still remains behind Honduras or Venezuela with some 10 murders reported per 100,000 inhabitants, the number of homicides committed in the country has believed to have increased 21 percent during the past decade, Atlas adds.

The study also reveals that 4,757 women were murdered by their partner during 2014, an increase of 11.6 percent during the past decade, according to Minuto30.

The most violent cities were reported as being located in the north east of the vast country with São Luis topping the charts with 84.9 murders committed per 100,000 and Fortaleza coming in second with 81.1.

Police figures were used to complete the study, revealing that botched crimes and injuries sustained during robberies were the principal causes of death.

“The study doesn’t reveal anything new to demonstrate the scale of the problem, but it does show that this is now a characteristic of the country. Violence was never at such high levels as it is in Brazil now,” Renato Sergio de Lima, vice-president of the NGO and a leading investigator added.

Between 48,000 to 50,000 murders were reported from 2004 to 2007, a far cry from the almost 60,000 homicides recorded during 2014, Brazil’s Valor reports.

“Brazil isn’t trying to fix the problem,” Lima concluded.