Saturday, May 19, 2018

State of the Realm: UK Organized Crime is Becoming more Global and Dangerous to Citizens

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Organized crime and the rise in gang activity “affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other security threat,” according to a report released on Monday by the UK’s National Crime Agency.

Organized crime continues to grow through abusing technology and working cross-borders, creating an ever greater threat to national security. The UK also continues to be a prime destination for money laundering by corrupt officials from abroad, especially Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan, the report said.

 Modern slavery and human trafficking is “continually and gradually increasing” and gun crimes are on the rise, which the report links to an increase in weapons being imported across the border from Europe.

 Firearm offences increased by 27 percent in 2016 and 2017 and drugs deaths are at their highest level since recording began in 1993.

 Drug networks are active in every part of the UK and involving more vulnerable young people in their operations, resulting in more “associated violent crime.”

 Individuals and communities across the country experience more violence and intimidation through being caught in the crossfire of rivaling gangs, territorial control, and extortion.  (more...)


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