December 24, 2008
From August next year, the Brazilian government will be equipping every new and imported car with an anti-theft and tracking system.
A car is stolen every 12 minutes in Rio de Janeiro and every three minutes in Sao Paulo.
Digital Planet’s reporter Helen Clegg visited Rio de Janeiro to find out how this tracking device will work in practice.
It is mainly criminals and drugs traffickers who are behind the car thefts in Rio.
They manage to steal around five cars an hour in thefts that are often accompanied by violent assault.
Pablo Schargrotsky had his car stolen from one of the supposedly safest and wealthiest areas of the city.
“It was in Leblon, a very rich place. I was working there and it wasn’t very late, seven PM,” he said.