Serious and organised crime

The current National Crime Agency definition of Serious Organised Crime (SOC) is as follows; "Organised crime can be defined as serious crime planned, coordinated 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 or activities are called an organised crime group."

Serious and Organised Crime can come in different forms including

  • county lines (organised supply and distribution of drugs)
  • cuckooing (drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing)
  • child exploitation
  • human trafficking and modern day slavery
  • sophisticated financial fraud
  • sophisticated theft and robbery
  • cyber crime
  • supply of firearms and weapons

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 by:

  • 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

Further information