Rio is getting better every day, because the local authorities are doing everything to prepare the city for the Olimpic Games and the World Cup.
Of course, you have to avoid some places, and i don't advice you to walk through the streets showing a video camera and another expensive stuff, i mean, you have to take care of yourself as in any big city in the world. You can use all of it, but with care.
Therefore, enjoy your trip, because Rio is a very pretty city. about 8 years ago
Hashim, I second the answers from the other Nomads. Petty crime is a problem, so take the usual precautions.... especially about not flashing jewellery and valuables. keep the camera in a pocket or bag until you need to take a shot rather than hang it from your neck.
On worldnomads.com we have some great tips on staying afe in Rio http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/69440/Brazil/Staying-Safe-in-Rio
with links to other articles. For instance: the numbered lifeguard towers (postos) on Ipanema serve a secondary function as well, dividing the beach into demographics, The surfers congregate near Arpoador at Posto 7, the young and the beautiful head to Posto 9, family groups dominate Posto 11 in Leblon, while the area between Posto 8 and 9 is a famously gay-friendly zone.
Phil about 8 years ago
I work with TOURISM, I'm a guide . everyone (tourist) talking with me about they came with a lot of recommendation and fear and they are impressed with the tranquility and security. The images that the external newspapers sell brazil it s wrong. Of course, like any big city in the world you are vulnerable, as than ny, Paris, Rome ...no different about 8 years ago