The National Crime Agency (NCA) recently published its National Strategic Assessment (NSA) for 2018, which contains an analysis of serious and organised crime threats facing the country. 

Rise in Organised Crime

The assessment claims that the scale and complexity of organised crime continues to grow despite notable operational successes, and that criminals are abusing technology and the impact of globalisation to adapt their methods of committing crime.

The NCA has grouped the criminal threats facing Britain into three distinct areas:

Key Observations

Key observations from the NSA include:

“The increasing sophistication of crime groups, coupled with the changing nature of their geographical reach, demonstrates more than ever the requirement for an increasingly co-ordinated response,” commented NCA Director General Lynne Owens.

“Working alongside our law enforcement, intelligence and other partners, we are changing the way we operate to ensure the biggest possible impact,” she added. “We will use this intelligence assessment to build on our operational successes and evidence why further investment in capabilities and capacity is necessary.”

Greater Awareness of Human Trafficking

In Scotland at least there appears to be greater public awareness of one of the crimes highlighted in the NSA – human trafficking.

A recent survey by the Scottish Government found that 87% of respondents would be prepared to report any suspicions of human trafficking to Police Scotland.

This is an increase from 80% in 2017 and follows a significant Scottish Government campaign to raise awareness of trafficking, launched last summer.

“This survey clearly shows that, in 2018, more people are recognising trafficking, where it takes place, and what to do about it,” said Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. “The findings are also in line with the increase in trafficking reports made to Police Scotland, published earlier this year that suggests the Scottish Government’s recent awareness raising campaign has reached a wide range of people."

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