Over £7m worth of assets taken from suspected criminals

Over £225,000 of cash and £7 million worth of assets has been taken from suspected criminals by police in Scotland [15 March 2013].

In addition, £316,000 of drugs, £25,440 worth of stolen and counterfeit goods and two vehicles were also seized during the enforcement phase of the ‘Made From Crime?’ campaign.

Targeting those making money illegally, the campaign asked members of the public to come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously with information about people living off the proceeds of crime.

For three days, 400 officers across the East of Scotland were actively pursuing suspects throughout Central Scotland, Fife and Lothian and Borders, with 74 people arrested.

Marketing materials and a 20 foot long Ad-trailer were placed in key locations across the East of Scotland and special Facebook adverts that were geo-targeted to people living in the area ran through the six-week 'intelligence-gathering' phase.

31 per cent increase

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "This important initiative has built on the good progress that was made a year ago when it was first launched and the achievements of these past weeks are to be welcomed.

"The work that has been undertaken by police has been assisted by members of the public who have provided information and I thank everyone who has assisted.

"There should be no hiding place in our neighbourhoods for those who cash in on crime and this will continue to be a top priority for this Government and the new single police service when it goes live shortly."

Kate Jackson, National Manager for Crimestoppers Scotland, said: “This has been a very successful campaign which has seen a significant and sustained increase in calls to the charity of 31% for the Lothian & Borders, Central and Fife areas of Scotland.

"Members of the public clearly want to make a difference in their area by reporting criminals and wrongdoing and don't like to see anyone living off the proceeds of crime. I would urge anyone with information to continue to do this and to report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or using the Anonymous Online Form"