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Victory for public safety: recovery of stolen vehicles increased by 55%
Federal government, state and municipality of Vitória takes joint actions and pools funds for public safety using Axis IP cameras
“Crime in the city has gone down thanks to the deployment of the cameras and various other programs and city government initiatives, with a 50% drop in homicides in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014.” Frônzio Calheira, Vitória’s Municipal Secretary of Urban Safety.
Vitória (Portuguese for “victory”) epitomizes a common dilemma in many Brazilian cities. On the one h and, it has the highest per capita GDP in Brazil and it is the second-ranked city in the country in terms of its Human Development Index.* In 2013 the UN voted it the 4th best city in Brazil to live in. Its indigenous peoples call it “Honey Island” thanks to its natural beauty, but the city also faces violent challenges. In 2014, its metropolitan area was among the 15 most violent in the world.** It was decided by the federal government, the state of Espírito Santo, and the municipality of Vitória to take joint actions to meet the challenges.
The city and the state joined the national “Crack: We Can Beat It,” program, which includes combating drug trafficking through mobile platforms that circulate throughout central Vitória, where 40 AXIS Q6034-E Network Cameras are operated by the military police. Another 100 cameras of the same model have been purchased through an agreement with the Espírito Santo state government. The municipality also bought 25 AXIS Q6044-E Network Cameras, using its own funds, bringing the total up to 165 Axis cameras across the various projects.
Camera images are shared among military police, municipal police, fire department and other agencies in order to provide efficient service to residents, who are already noting the results. Vitória recorded a 50% drop in homicides in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, according to data collected since 2001 by the state’s Department of Public Safety and Social Defense. In the same period, the city saw a 55% increase in the number of stolen vehicles that were recovered. *Getúlio Vargas Foundation **NGO Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice