I hate to make this such a regular thing, but such is life, of course...
Friends of friends were carjacked in Barra yesterday at 2:30 in the afternoon after leaving a bank. 2 guys pulled up on motorcycles (one on each side) and both people in the car were shot, both are alive, but wounded. Not cool.
I also received a news bulletin detailing some stolen uniforms in the Rio area. Apparently this had happened in the past with the postal service, now it has happened with the "Dengue Patrol" from the Minister of Health. Meaning that if you are living here and someone just randomly shows up from the ministry of health for a dengue inspection, or a utility company for example, do NOT allow them access to your apartment. If you did order it, ask for company ID. This may seem obvious but still.
If the representative of a Public Agency with whom you have not scheduled to visit to your residence (i.e., CEDAE, LIGHT, SECRETARIA DE SAÚDE - DENGUE, PREFEITURA, etc.) ask to see their identity as well as the identification of the Agency they work for.