Crime campaigner Caroline Flint MP has called on the Government to urgently review its strategy for tackling serious and organised crime, in a report released today.
The report, published today by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee of which Flint is a senior member, placed the cost of serious organised crime at £37bn a year but criticised the Government’s current strategy as poorly prioritised and inefficient.
Commenting on the report, Flint, a former Home Office Minister, said: “At present only 4% of the total budget for tackling organised crime is spent on preventative initiatives.
“Organised crime groups operate in several towns and villages across Doncaster. They increase fear among residents and encourage drug-dealing, intimidation and burglaries of homes, farms and commercial premises. In outlying communities and rural areas, we cannot have the police take on these crime groups with one arm tied behind their backs.