Agency head says organized crime "chronic and corrosive" to Britain

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-12 17:13:41|Editor: Xiaoxia
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LONDON, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The head of Britain's National Crime Agency said on Sunday that the threat of organized crime is "chronic and corrosive" to the country.

The comments made by Lynne Owens came two days ahead of the launch of the agency's annual national strategic assessment, which is expected to show how organized criminals are taking advantage of technology.

Owens told local media that more funds are needed to tackle the problem of organized crime, adding that criminals were killing more citizens on an annual basis than terrorism, war and natural disaster combined.

She warned that criminals used new technology to dominate local communities.

"Against a backdrop of globalization, extremism and technological advances, serious and organized crime is changing fast and law enforcement needs significant new investment to help combat it," Owens was quoted as saying.

The British National Crime Agency is the body charged with apprehending those who pose the most serious risks to the country.