Organised theft

Organised theft poses a threat to the safety, well being and the economic prosperity of communities.

£100m safeguarded against theft in our first year

The current threats from organised theft can be broken into four key areas;

Commodity related theft – covers a range of commodities, metal, gold and wildlife crime that offer the greatest profit for the lowest risk. Criminals target areas with perceived low levels of security.

Organised vehicle theft - Stealing cars and other vehicles offers large profits at relatively low risk. Some organised criminals are involved in organised vehicle crime principally to profit from reselling stolen vehicles (cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and plant) and parts. Some of the profits fund other crime. Stolen vehicles are also used to commit other crimes, for example armed robberies and cash machine raids.

Personal theft – Most personal theft is opportunistic in nature. However there is an increasing trend of this being used as a means of exploiting the rise in the UK smart phone market, with activity focused on London and at music events and other areas of night time economy.

Business theft – Organised criminals continue to target a range of commercial interests including museums, art galleries, cash holding facilities and ATM machines. Target hardening at some sites has led to more complex and well organised attacks, and increased levels of violence used in commercial robberies.

The Organised Crime command leads the NCA's fight against organised theft. Find out more about the Organised Crime Command.

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