Serious and organised crime (SOC) is planned and conducted by people working together on a continuing basis. Their motivation is often, but not always, financial gain. Organised criminals working together for a particular criminal activity are called an organised crime group (OCG). SOC almost always involves the exploitation of vulnerable persons; this can involve both children and adults who require safeguarding.
Serious and Organised Crime can affect all of us and includes:
- Organised supply and distribution of drugs (County Lines)
- Organised child sexual exploitation, including the sharing of indecent images of children online
- Human trafficking and modern slavery
- Sophisticated theft and robbery
- Fraud and other forms of financial crime
- Supply of firearms or other weapons and counterfeit goods
- Cyber crime and cyber-enabled crime including online grooming, harassment and stalking.
Local authorities already work in partnership with their law enforcement partners on a number of community safety issues, but increasingly they are working together to disrupt SOC. Examples include:
- Raising awareness to increase intelligence gathering and understanding of SOC
- Sharing information about the use of properties to enable crime
- Tackling traders of illicit goods that may have links to other criminal activity
- Closing venues that permit the sale of illicit drugs
- Using anti social behaviour tools and powers to disrupt activity that may be linked to SOC