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Street crime is a loose term for criminal offences taking place in public places. It has moved to occupy the place once held by mugging. According to London's Metropolitan Police Force, street crime is:
Robbery, often called 'mugging', and also includes thefts from victims in the street where property is snatched and the victim is not assaulted.
Crime on the streets of a city may include many other types of offences, for example pickpocketing, the open carrying-on of the illegal drugs trade, prostitution in the form of soliciting outside the law, the creation of graffiti and vandalism of public property, and assaults. As a generic term street crime may include all of these, as well as offences against private property such as the stealing of hub caps.
The majority of street crimes often portrayed by the various news media, is initiated by criminals seeking to gain financial objectives, viz., "a fast buck." However, street crimes can be carried out by organized individuals with a common goal of profiteering that is not considered by the FBI as 'organized crime' as these acts are random. The term organized crime does not often include organized street crimes.
Organized crime is often a major business compiled of many individuals associated together for the common goal of criminal profiteering. Whereas "street crime," is a hastily, loosely formed group of individuals with the common goal of gaining illicit money through an immediate criminal act, such as a three of more temporary individuals to form a gang.
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