Officers are taking advantage of the coronavirus lockdown to quickly respond to crime and apprehend criminals for their offences.
The lockdown restrictions mitigated the level of crime across the UK as suggested by the most recent reports. More than £15 million cash, tonnes of drugs as well as guns including an AK-47 were seized during the nationwide lockdown.
Lynne Owens, the director-general of the National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the restrictions had “made criminal groups to take additional risks” while moving cash and drugs.
The director-general added: “It became harder for criminals to conceal the proceeds of their crimes. This appeared to have resulted in criminals moving larger quantities in one go rather than smaller and more frequent amounts.”
She also mentioned that during police investigations several criminal assets were discovered at properties and on lorries and shipping consignments at ports. Hundreds of tonnes of drugs, like cocaine and heroin had been seized.
The police are working tirelessly across the UK during this period to convince criminals to change their life of crime.
In a statement, Chief Constable Andy Cooke, the NPCC lead for crime said: “As measures ease, we will bear down crime and do all we can to try and prevent it rising to pre-lockdown highs,”
He added: “Criminals are criminals – they’re not going to stop doing their business just because we have a pandemic. Your gangs, your burglars are still out there. The good news is that there are far more police officers proactively targeting them.”
“We are confident in our resilience, and we will work closely with partners across law enforcement and the criminal justice system to meet challenges that arise as we move through the stages of the national response to Covid-19.”
If the police continue to devote the same amount of time and effort most criminals may be convinced to stop committing more crime.