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"In recent years, there has been a considerable increase in property crimes committed in Europe by highly mobile organised crime groups. The interim SOCTA for 2015 estimates 1.000 offences per day.

The following can be said about the situation regarding domestic burglary in Europe:

• The increase in the number of domestic burglaries is attributable to itinerant crime groups originating mainly from South-Eastern and Eastern Europe. They belong to the field of organised crime or are considered one step away from organised crime.

• They have transnational organisational structures. They are flexible and able to adapt to countermeasures taken by individual states. To fight these networks effectively concerted action at European level is necessary.....

Itinerant crime generates a sense of insecurity for European citizens that leads them to doubt the ability of EU law enforcement
authorities to effectively tackle this scourge....

The new technology of predictive policing delivers promising new results and contributes to a better use of resources"

See the full text: German and French delegations: Draft European initiative to prevent and combat organised domestic burglary (LIMITE doc no: 6876-15, pdf)

This is not the first time that the EU has targeted "itinerant" crime groups: See: Targeting Roma: How the EU security apparatus is mobilised for the "fight against itinerant crime" (Statewatch News Online, March 2012)

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