Organised criminal activities may involve public official corruption, falsification of records, money laundering and the use of violence. Organised crime is when two or more people work together to carry out some type of criminal activity in order to profit.
Criminal activity includes illegal drug manufacturing, drug trafficking and distribution, extortion and sexual exploitation.
How you can help
You can assist police by keeping alert to what is going on around you at home, at work and in your neighbourhood.
What to look out for
Numerous people and vehicles briefly visiting an address within a few hours, particularly at unusual times of the day or late at night, may mean someone is drug dealing.
Significant and unexplained wealth, expensive homes, vehicles, electrical appliances, spending and an overall lifestyle that does not appear consistent with income may indicate a person or group is generating their income and supporting a flamboyant lifestyle from organised crime.
Unusual or excessive fortification of premises, expensive alarm systems and surveillance cameras could be indicators of criminal activity related to organised crime.
The regular exchange of valuable items or cash may be payment for drugs or a drug debt. Drug deals often involve the use of cash. A person with no apparent, legitimate income source who frequently has large amounts of cash may have gained it from drug dealing or some other criminal activity.
How to report suspected organised crime
If you have information about organised crime, drug dealing, the people doing it or associated with it, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.