What do we mean by organized ‘crime’?

We’re not talking about minor offences. We’re talking about transnational, large-scale crimes, run by extensive and complex criminal enterprises.

Crimes that cross national borders, time zones, languages and jurisdictions.

Crimes that make huge profits every year – millions of dollars – with the money channelled from one crime area to another.

Crimes such as trafficking in people, drugs, firearms, fake medicines and illegally smuggled or fake products.

How do these crimes affect you?

You might think these transnational, organized crimes belong to another world, far from your own.

In reality, they can affect you on a day-to-day level, without you even being aware.

Fake goods are trafficked and sold in outlets all over the world. Not just handbags and watches, but also food, perfumes, skin creams, motor oil, electrical items, and more. Often sub-standard, these products can cause health problems and injuries.

Just as worrying are fake medicines. At best they are ineffective and harmless, at worst they can be highly dangerous, even fatal.

In today’s digital world we’re connected nearly 24/7. So are cyber criminals. And they are constantly finding new ways to try and trick you into giving them money, to hack into your bank account, or to harm children.

How can you protect yourself?

These crimes affect all of us. But there’s a lot we can do to protect ourselves and our families.

Just by taking extra care about what you buy, or the way you use the Internet, you can increase your level of safety and reduce the profits being driven into organized crime.

Read our tips and advice on how to stay safe

What’s in it for the criminals?

In one word: money. Many of these crimes are low risk with high profit margins. Organized crime networks make use of existing systems – business, shipping, financial or online – for their own illegal benefit. And they show a complete disregard for public health and safety along the way.


Organized crime starts with money

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For most of us, it’s impossible to imagine living without the Internet, but are you aware of the risks to your safety?

Children and young people are particularly vulnerable, but adults can also be duped into building up relationships with people who are not who they say they are.