At least 180 suspects arrested in European action against international gangs

At least 180 suspects arrested in European action against international gangs

During the annual European action against itinerant gangs, at least 180 suspects were arrested and 45 vehicles were seized in Europe in mid-May. The “Trivium” action was coordinated by the Dutch police and in collaboration with Europol and seventeen other countries. Every year, the campaign targets criminal groups traveling through Europe who commit burglaries and thefts.

Groups of this kind always operate in other countries to thwart the investigation. European countries have therefore become increasingly better at exchanging information over the years. During the annual campaign, the police try to dismantle as many groups as possible, and extra checks are carried out at borders and on highways.

This year the promotion took place from 17 to 19 May. In addition to the Netherlands, Albania, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom and Sweden took part in the promotion. Real-time information was exchanged at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague.

In total, more than 12,000 vehicles and 8,000 people were checked throughout Europe during Trivium, mostly on the basis of indications of what the police call mobile banditry. As a result of these checks, at least 45 vehicles have been seized, at least 180 suspects have been arrested and many goods have been seized, including weapons, money and drugs. Thousands of police investigations have been launched across Europe as a result of the checks.

In 2021, European police forces arrested 228 suspects. In corona year 2020 there was no European action.

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