Targeting criminal assets to reduce organised crime

Asset-focussed interventions (AFIs) against organised crime are measures that target assets and finance deriving from crime or intended for use in a crime. They seek to deplete organised criminal finance and so reduce organised crime.

This systematic review set out to conduct two types of analysis: a meta-analysis of the 'effect size' of asset focused interventions against organised crime; and a realist synthesis of the theory and knowledge around these types of interventions, using the EMMIE framework.

In the absence of quantitative outcome evidence to measure effect, the review focuses on discussion of the other elements of the EMMIE framework. Alongside the full review, a narrative summary of the work is published here, along with a research protocol which was produced at the start of the work, setting out our approach to methodology.

Asset-focussed interventions (AFIs) against organised crime are measures that target assets and finance deriving from crime or intended for use in a crime. They seek to deplete organised criminal finance and so reduce organised crime.

The review feeds in to the Crime Reduction Toolkit narrative on Targeting criminal assets to reduce organised crime crime and was conducted by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow.  It is the ninth in a series of systematic reviews to be delivered by the Commissioned Partnership Programme.

A research protocol has been included below.  

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