Last Wednesday (8), a law was enacted establishing measures to prevent and combat theft of cables, wires, generators, batteries, transformers and metallic plates throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro.
The law was enacted the following week in which successive cable thefts caused delays and stoppages in essential services in several locations in the state, including the branches of the SuperVia trains in the capital and metropolitan region.
The number of thefts of power cables and signaling equipment from the rails in the first half of this year surpassed the occurrences of the whole of last year.
The rule, published in the Official Gazette of the Executive, is authored by deputies Martha Rocha (PDT), Lieutenant Bernardo (PROS), Waldeck Carneiro (PT), Rosenverg Reis (MDB) and Bruno Dauaire (PSC) and by former deputy Chicão Bullies. In justification, the parliamentarians highlighted that the proposal is in accordance with what is established in Art. 144 of the Federal Constitution.
“The increase in this type of criminal modality is very worrying, as it almost always causes enormous damage to the population, depriving citizens of essential services to their lives. As it is a matter of great relevance, from our point of view it deserves to be the object of ordinary legislation, in order to create a fair instrument to help improve the provision of public security”, the authors state.
about the law
According to information from the press office of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj), with the decree, only commercial establishments registered with the Theft and Theft Precinct (DRF) of the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro (PCERJ), may sell cables, metallic wires, generators, batteries, transformers and metallic plates.
In addition, junkyards must keep their own book to record all purchases and sales of materials, in addition to issuing invoices for these operations.
The measure has penalties that range from the imposition of fines, in the initial amount of R$ 37,000, to the cancellation of registration in the ICMS taxpayer register and the suspension of partners who practice this action.
Owners of establishments that are already in operation have a period of ninety days to apply for the Registration of Operating Authorization (RAF), with the DRF.
The State Information Bank for commercial activities carried out by individuals and legal entities was also created. The objective is that all operations involving the sale of these materials are registered and available for consultation by public security agencies.
The implementation, management, feeding and access to the database will be established by the Secretary of State for Civil Police.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Mariana Pitasse