365 Cameras in Rio Carnaval Watching for Muggers, Drunks and Peeers

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    Cameras Rio Rio’s Carnaval this year has Big Brother all over town watching what you do. The Secretariat of Public Security together with the Military Police and Department of Motor Vehicles (Detran) have gathered hundreds of cameras – 365 they say – to monitor the behavior of the revelers on the streets.

    The main targets will be those who pee on the street as well as muggers and other violent characters. But drunks and people with expired car plates will also be observed with special attention and dealt with accordingly.

    The so-called shock of order operation held by the Special Secretariat of Public Order (Seop) till 9 pm this Sunday had already arrested in one day alone 45 people for peeing in public, five of them were women. For the first time, several of the detainees were foreign tourists. There were a Mexican woman and some men: two Danish, one Italian, one British.

    On Saturday, during the parade of the Bola Preta, 30 peeers were arrested, among them a woman. At the Banda de Ipanema show, 17 more were detained.

    Since Friday 131 people have been taken to police stations and were booked for the crime of obscenity, Article 233 of the Brazilian Penal Code.

    Four Detran cars with cameras able to read plates will be looking for people whose annual licensing hasn’t been renewed. The Operation Prohibition. on the other hand, will have 140 agents making sure that people who drink don’t get behind the wheel. 

    The Municipal Guard will have over 2,600 agents on the streets. The Military Police is putting 4.6% more men at work than in the 2009 Carnaval. About 7,000 of them will be guaranteeing that things don’t get out of hand.

    In the Sambadrome alone there will be 847 MP agents on Monday and Tuesday when the Escolas de Samba (samba clubs) from the special group parade at the Marquês de Sapucaí avenue.  which presents the main samba schools, the PM will have 847 men in the days of the Special Group. Another 600 men are being deployed around the Sambadrome.

    A high-tech tower, which offers a panoramic view, will monitor the movement of revelers. The place comes with a night vision camera police say can shoot up to 2 km away (1.2 miles) and do the work of 18 officers.

    Bought for US$ 450,000 from the American company ICx Tactical, which also has its towers being used by the US Customs at the US-Mexico border, the mobile tower was set up at a height of 9 meters (30 feet). The unit can be taken to any place security needs to be beefed up.

    The tower is undergoing a test. Since Rio will be hosting both the World Cup and the Olympics law enforcement has been looking for ways to make the city more secure and they might acquire a few more Skywatches from ICx if they prove to be helpful.

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    • Capnamerca

      OK JC
      If you were there, and you saw the toilets, then you win, but I walked miles along the parade route and between there and the parking lot i used, and I saw no toilets or signs leading to them. There were many private businesses doing a brisk business charging $R1 for the use of their toilets, and I did use one of those. Most of them had signs which were which were easily recognized from the street. That’s how I found them.

      I realize what your post says in “Portuguese”, but did not see any of the signs or toilets, nor did any of the people I asked, including local police.

      But, I will rest my case on the initial point I made. Why do the Rio authorities not allocate enough banheiros for the revelers, instead of the expensive cameras to catch the pee bandits? And, if peeing in the streets is a crime in Brazil, why don’t they generally prosecute it? I see people doing this in broad daylight all the time.

    • jc

      I rest my case Captain
      The article in “Portuguese” above is saying exactly where the 250 public toilets will be located within the same area you said you were during the Galo da Madrugada and others Schools of Samba Parade. Now, I concur with you that if “you” (the tourist) could not find it, that means the authorities in charge screwed up the public signage leading to these public toilets. But my point is the public toilets were there!!! As far as people peeing in the streets… that is simply i n d e f e n s i b l e !!!

    • Capnamerca

      Sorry JC
      But as I stated, I was at the Galo do Madrugada in 2008, and there was not a single portable toilet to be found. It doesn’t take knowledge of any language to find a porta john, by any name. And if they were there, the locals couldn’t find them either, as they were peeing in the streets just like in Rio.

      But, my point is, if the Rio police will go to the expense of installing portable security cameras, obviously mostly for the purpose of catching people peeing in public, why wouldn’t t hey just install a toilet instead?

      It would seem a bit more civil.

    • JC

      Captain …You have to be able to read public signs in Portuguese…
      Captan!!! You Portuguese must sucks!!!!

      17:45 – Carnaval contará com mais de 250 banheiros públicos

      Durante o período carnavalesco, a Prefeitura do Recife disponibiliza mais de 250 banheiros públicos para atender ao folião. O total comporta sanitários da administração municipal e cabines químicas, contratadas especialmente para o Carnaval Multicultural 2006. No Centro, os banheiros de estrutura móvel serão montados nos mais diversos pontos dos pólos de folia. Alguns estarão disponíveis durante todo o Carnaval, como os das ruas Ulhoa Cintra, Siqueira Campos, do Sol, Floriano Peixoto, ao lado das igrejas de São Pedro e do Terço, Praça do Arsenal, Avenida Alfredo Lisboa, Rua Vigário Tenório, Cais da Alfândega, Avenida Dantas Barreto e Pátio de Santa Cruz.

      Os banheiros utilizados durante o desfile do Galo da Madrugada, no Sábado de Zé Pereira, serão alocados a partir do domingo para outros pontos da cidade, como Avenida Alfredo Lisboa, Rua Vigário Tenório, Torre Malakoff, Rua da Assembléia e Rua Barbosa Lima, além de outros bairros que recebem os pólos do Carnaval, como Casa Amarela, Nova Descoberta, Santo Amaro e Água Fria. Os demais pólos descentralizados, Chão de Estrelas, Alto José do Pinho, Várzea, Jardim São Paulo e Ibura, também terão unidades disponibilizadas.

      Além dos sanitários químicos, a população poderá utilizar durante os dias de folia os banheiros públicos administrados pela Empresa de Manutenção e Limpeza Urbana do Recife (Emlurb). Estarão abertas as unidades da Avenida Dantas Barreto (2), Praça do Sebo (2) e do Camelódromo (6), com funcionamento das 6h às 22h; no Parque 13 de Maio (2), das 7h às 23h; e ainda no Cais de Santa Rita (2) e Rua do Hospício (2), abertos 24 horas por dia.

    • Capnamerca

      Sounds a little smelly to me.
      [quote]till 9 pm this Sunday had already arrested in one day alone 45 people for peeing in public, five of them were women. For the first time, several of the detainees were foreign tourists. There were a Mexican woman and some men: two Danish, one Italian, one British.

      On Saturday, during the parade of the Bola Preta, 30 peeers were arrested, among them a woman. At the Banda de Ipanema show, 17 more were detained.

      Since Friday 131 people have been taken to police stations and were booked for the crime of obscenity, Article 233 of the Brazilian Penal Code.[/quote]

      Can someone tell me why they wouldn’t provide a portable bathroom instead of a camera? It does seem from reading the article, they have a good idea of where it would be needed.

      I was at the Galo do Madrugada in Recife a couple years ago, and that was one thing that shocked me. There was not a single porta john to be found. Not one, anywhere.

      I wonder, is this also the plan for the 2016 olympics? I can’t wait to read these reports in the travel blogs. Not a good strategy for attracting foreign tourists I think.

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