Organised crime

Organised crime involves a group of people involved in serious criminal activities, to make large profits. They use violence or the threat of violence. In Northern Ireland, organised crime groups might have paramilitary connections.

Organised crime activities

Organised crime activities include:

  • internet crime
  • fraud
  • money laundering
  • excise and tax fraud (including diesal fraud)
  • intellectual property crime
  • armed robbery and cash in transit attacks
  • tiger kidnaps
  • drugs
  • counterfeit currency
  • immigration crime including human trafficking

Organised Crime Task Force

The Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) is a partnership of law enforcement agencies, businesses and voluntary groups, set up to assess and report impacts of organised crime.

To read OCTF's reports, go to:

What you can do

You can help fight organised crime by reporting drug dealing, extortion, and people selling or producing counterfeit goods or illegal diesel.

  • HMRC confidential: 0800 59 5000
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

Effects of global crime

Northern Ireland has also felt the effects of globally inspired crime including:

  • cannabis factories
  • human trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation
  • internet based crime and financial fraud which can be organised by criminals in anywhere

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