Police in Brazil's largest city will distribute safety pamphlets to World Cup visitors next month. Among the suggestions given is to hold your tongue when you're being robbed. Screaming will only get you killed. Solid advice.
The pamphlet will be handed out by Brazilian police, embassies and consulates when millions descend upon Sao Paulo for World Cup festivities in June.
Police officer Mario Leite told the newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo that authorities are trying to avoid the increasingly common crime of "latrocinios" — or robberies that end in murder.
"Tourists come mainly from Europe and the United States, where they do not see this crime very often," he said.
To be published in English, Spanish and French, the pamphlets will also advise visitors against showing off certain possessions and walking alone at night, and urge them to make sure no one is following them.
At least 600,000 foreign visitors are expected in Brazil for the world soccer championship that runs June 13 to July 12.
The country has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, and the number of robberies in Sao Paulo that ended in murder rose 9 percent to a nine-year high of 385 last year, according to Bloomberg.
Such details are not mentioned on FIFA's World Cup website. But hey! Here's a slightly creepy cartoon about the festivities:
And an interview with FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke (again, no mention of potential crime/violence):