Influence of organised crime on society

Security is the key to a liveable society. It is the basis for a good future for children and is essential for economic development. Serious crime, such as drug crime, puts our security at risk.

Negative impact of organised crime

Organised crime has negative effects on society. For example:

  • the underworld becomes intertwined with the ‘upper world’;
  • residential neighbourhoods are made unsafe by drug labs and cannabis farms, which are prone to fires;
  • the integrity of public administration and the business community is undermined;
  • young people are recruited as drugs couriers;
  • drugs are sold at festivals and other large-scale events;
  • drugs waste is dumped in natural areas;
  • criminals threaten or extort political office holders, civil servants, private-sector employees and members of the public. For example, they may pressure farmers to allow their barns to be used for drugs production;
  • revenge killings in the criminal underworld take place in broad daylight.

This kind of activity can reduce safety and liveability in a city or neighbourhood and erode people’s trust in government. This is why the government is prioritising efforts to combat crime that undermines society.