Organised crime poses complex challenges to local authorities, especially with regard to the globally connected nature of some organised crime groups that operate and manifest themselves locally. The prevention and reduction of organised crime demands policies and practices that strengthen the capacities of local and regional authorities to collect data, monitor organised crime activities and intervene where appropriate to reduce the harm caused. In addition, information-sharing and cooperation processes between local regional and national authorities need to be accelerated. Comprehensive policies should focus on the empowerment of vulnerable communities that are susceptible to being targeted by organised crime. Local authorities need to develop strategies that promote a culture of legality, include initiatives representing multiple segments of society and reinforce relations between municipal institutions, local businesses and local citizens.
A summary of the key lessons from the research in the field of preventing and reducing trafficking and organised crime is presented below.
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