Robbery at restaurants and bars in Curitiba has become routine

Routine of waking up at dawn with burglary alerts on your mobile. As the customers chatted and sipped their beers, he approached at gunpoint. This has been the routine of entrepreneurs and patrons of bars and restaurants in Curitiba since the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 were lifted in mid-August last year.

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In a bar in the central part of town, businessman Juliano Todeschini is accumulating 18 events at Lotus Sunset in the trendy area of ​​Praça da Espanha. None of them were, but security cameras recorded the robbers’ actions.

However, he recently became afraid to open the doors when an armed gang broke into a bar very close to it and killed customers and employees. Todeschini told Bom Gourmet Negócios and Gazeta do Povo that he has seen the same in other neighboring establishments in the region and is afraid to be next.

“I saw the same thing in a nearby cafe, in another restaurant, and I’m afraid to work. “I open my bar because I need it, but I am afraid,” she says.

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Its reality is the same as that experienced by many other entrepreneurs in the central region of Curitiba, which encompasses the center and neighborhoods of the first ring. Similar news accumulated on the pages of Gazeta and Tribuna, as another businessman from the central region raided his bar 14 times, and caused the reaction of businessmen.

united for security

A meeting with the 1st District Command of the Military Police this Monday (9) will create a cooperation agreement that unites the company, which are members of the Paraná division of the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel-PR). ), Curitiba City Hall and the Civil Police to strengthen policing in the area.

According to Colonel Renato Ribas, who will lead the study, operations will be carried out to prevent the actions of the criminals and the alleged gang who robbed workplaces even during working hours.

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With the return to ‘normal life’, these workplaces, where customer flow has increased, will be done with more intense policing, especially in places with heavy traffic, hours and certain days of the week.

According to him, the number of registered robberies showed a small increase in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2021 when the restrictive decrees were in effect: 48 cases against 45.

Ribas justifies a one-time increase due to the complete reopening of trade. However, this is likely an underreported number, as businessmen and customers did not record the incident for fear of retaliation.

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“People are afraid to file BOs (incident reports), especially businessmen who are afraid of being the target of more violent acts by criminals,” says Luciano Bartolomeu, executive director of Abrasel-PR.

In the report, this was determined in private interviews with some businessmen. There is a fear that crimes that are normally committed behind closed doors will also happen in customers’ homes, increasing the risk if criminals are armed.

tactical actions

One of the actions investigated was the linking of security cameras in restaurants with the police. Photo: Rawpixel

The reinforcement in policing did not disclose any further details, which must be kept confidential so as not to influence the strategy of action. However, Colonel Renato Ribas, the expectation is that the number of new incidents will be close to zero within 30 days.

“The city is huge and there are lots of bars and restaurants scattered around. The action will mainly be in the central region, but will take some time in areas where organizations are concentrated, from Alto da XV, Água Verde, Juvevê, among others,” he says.

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According to Abrasel-PR, the cooperation agreement will allow the Civil Police to gain faster access to institutions’ surveillance cameras as well as City-run public roads. Pressing for the meeting after nearly two dozen robberies, Juliano Todeschini explains that businessmen will more easily communicate with patrolling police cars.

“We’re going to hold a meeting next week to present a project that allows security cameras to be intertwined with the police so they can follow up faster in case something happens,” he says.

He also argues that a police module should be installed in the Praça da Espanha area, but that other bohemian areas of Curitiba should not be left unattended by the police. “Not just for me or my neighbor, but for all restaurant owners and entrepreneurs in the city to work more safely. I’m really scared,” he adds.

This reporter was also robbed at gunpoint in Todeschini’s area just after sunset one Saturday.

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