Serious and organised crime (SOC) is planned 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 are called an Organised Crime Group. SOC almost always involves the exploitation of vulnerable persons; this can involve both children and adults who require safeguarding.
SOC can affect all of us and examples include:
- Organised supply and distribution of drugs (County Lines)
- Organised child sexual exploitation, including the sharing of indecent images of children online
- Human trafficking and modern slavery
- Sophisticated theft and robbery
- Fraud and other forms of financial crime
- Supply of firearms or other weapons and counterfeit goods
- Cyber crime and cyber-enabled crime including online grooming, harassment and stalking.
Mole Valley District Council already works in partnership with law enforcement partners on a number of community safety issues, and is increasingly doing so to disrupt SOC.
For more information, visit the Surrey Community Safety.