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During this unprecedented crisis, governments across the globe are intensifying their efforts to combat the global spread of the coronavirus by enacting various measures to support public health systems, safeguard the economy and to ensure public order and safety.

A number of these measures have a significant impact on the serious and organized crime landscape.

Criminals have been quick to seize opportunities to exploit the crisis by adapting their modi operandi or engaging in new criminal activities. Factors that prompt changes in crime and terrorism include:

  • High Demand for certain goods, protective gear and pharmaceutical products;
  • Decreased Mobility and flow of people across and into the EU;
  • Citizens Remain At Home and are increasingly teleworking, relying on digital solutions;
  • Limitations To Public Life will make some criminal activities less visible and displace them to home or online settings;
  • Increased Anxiety And Fear that may create vulnerability to exploitation;
  • Decreased Supply of certain illicitillicit Illicit means something that is not legally permitted or authorized under the law; unlicensed; unlawful. It can also mean disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons. goods in the EU.

The current crisis is unprecedented in the history of the European Union (EU) and the World.

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