Research and analysis

Understanding organised crime April 2015 to March 2016

This report aims to improve our understanding of organised crime in the UK by updating estimates of the scale, and the social and economic cost, for a range of organised crime types.


Understanding organised crime April 2015 to March 2016


Home Office Research Report 103 outlines evidence on serious and organised crime including child sexual exploitation (CSE), counterfeit currency, cyber-dependent crime against individuals, drugs supply, economic crime, environmental crime, firearms supply, intellectual property (IP) crime and counterfeiting, modern slavery, organised acquisitive crime (OAC), and organised immigration crime (OIC) all of which have a substantial impact on the UK.

The current research improves estimation methods, discusses a wider range of data, and ultimately provides a considerably broader and more detailed picture of the scale and costs of serious and organised crime to the UK than has previously been available.

The social and economic costs of organised crime to the UK is estimated to be approximately £37 billion in financial year 2015 to 2016.

Published 1 November 2018