Murders in the Brazilian coastal city have risen 40% in a year despite efforts to make it safe for next year's World Cup finals
Fear: Rio de Janeiro can be violent
Murders in Rio de Janeiro are up nearly 40% in a year despite efforts to make it safe for next year's World Cup finals.
And robberies on public transport in the Brazilian city have nearly doubled, worrying official figures reveal.
Muggings also rose by 37% on streets that will be teeming with England fans next summer.
Statistics show 406 people were murdered in August, 112 more than in the same month last year.
The latest came on Tuesday when the severed head of ex-footballer Joao Santos, 35, was dumped outside his home.
Police believe robbers beheaded him after he posted CCTV images of them on Facebook.