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9. Organised crime and traffic in fraudulent goods

Offenses against property may be committed by itinerant or other organised groups that target systematic theft and other crimes, including clusters of break-ins. The same goes for the smuggling of arms or stolen goods. These are therefore offenses where the operating method and the organised nature of the perpetrators are the defining characteristics.

The international scope of organised crime means that account must be taken of police and judicial cooperation beyond the Belgian borders in order to conduct a policy to deter property crime, with special focus on domestic burglaries committed by groups of offenders and the identification of the weapons used to commit such crimes.

By an organised group (itinerant or other), the present plan, like the National Security Plan, means an association of perpetrators who systematically commit thefts from homes, enterprises and shops, including ram-raids, cargo thefts, thefts of metals or engines or site vehicles, and whose members come from a group of offenders, foreign or settled in Belgium, which operates or is directed from abroad or from the major urban areas in Belgium, and which commits a significant number of offenses over a large part of the territory and for which they may have recourse to under-age children.

Arms smuggling refers to “the manufacture, alteration, repair, offer for sale, sale, disposal, transport, storage, possession, carrying, making available, transit, import and export of firearms, their parts, accessories and ammunition, and of explosive substances and mixtures and of devices loaded with such substances. The regulation of international arms smuggling is essentially a matter of regional competence”.