Violence in Ponta Negra
Local newspaper Jornal de Hoje published a report about the growing violence in Avenida Roberto Freire, one of the most important in Natal (this is the long avenue which connects highway BR-101 to Ponta Negra beach).
In the on-line edition, Jornal de Hoje reported how the ATMs of Itaú bank were robbed; in the printed edition, JH reports that several people who work in shops along that Avenue complain about being robbed and being harassed by prostitutes and transvestites.
Past year, there were several cases of high profile businesses being assaulted, such as a jewelry in Natal Shopping and restaurant Tabua de Carne; people are robbed everyday by thieves in motorcycles.
The Secretary of Tourism, Fernando Bezerril, was interviewed by the newspaper.
Bezerril said that he had already contacted the Secretary of Public Security asking for measures to solve the problem in the Avenue Roberto Freire. According to Bezerril, ever since a system of surveyance cameras was installed in Ponta Negra beach, the number of occurrences dropped by 95%; a similar system was created in Altos de Ponta Negra, and violence decreased, too.
Bezerril hopes that something similar could help diminish the violence in Avenida Roberto Freire.