Crime in Serbia

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Crime in Serbia is combated by the Serbian Police and other agencies.

Crime dynamics[edit]

Serbian law enforcement authorities have prioritised fighting drug trafficking, terrorism and organised crime during the late 2000s.[1]

Crime by type[edit]

Organised crime[edit]

Main article: Serbian mafia

Serbian Organised Crime (Serbian: Cpпска мафија / Srpska Mafija, Serbian Mafia) or Naša Stvar ("Our Thing") are various criminal organisations based in Serbia or composed of ethnic Serbs. Serbian criminals are active in the European Union (EU) countries. The organisations are primarily involved in smuggling, arms trafficking, drug trafficking, protection racket, illegal gambling, jewelry and gems theft, bodyguarding, and contract killing. The Mafia is composed of several major organised groups, which in turn have wider networks throughout primarily Europe.

The Yugoslav Wars prompted criminals a "way out" of economic disaster during the international imposed sanctions against Serbia. Serbian criminals have been recruited to state security forces, a notable example is Legija, a commander in the Arkan's Tigers which after the war was re-labeled as the JSO (Red Berets), he planned the murder of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić.[2]


Further information: Corruption in Serbia

Corruption levels are perceived to be high by surveyed residents of Serbia, and public trust in key institutions remains low.[3]

Public procurement, public administration recruitment processes, mining and rail operations are sectors with a serious problem of conflict of interest.[4] The European Commission has raised concern over Serbia's judiciary, police, health and education sectors that are particularly vulnerable to corruption.[5]


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  2. ^ Organized Crime in the Western Balkans
  3. ^ "The Global Integrity Report 2011- Serbia". Global Integrity. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Global Integrity Report 2011- Serbia". Global Integrity. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "SERBIA 2013 PROGRESS REPORT". European Commission. Retrieved 22 April 2014.