Elite crime

Elite crime pertains to an unlawful action that has been performed with utmost organization by at least two individuals. Elite crime, also known as organized crime, has a characteristic feature of being well planned and structured in terms of its strategic performance, hence elite crimes are often successful and hard to prevent. Crimes of this nature, having given the inherent feature of being well prepared by the individuals associated with the event, are generally categorized as criminal acts of a utmost level and are often punishable with the highest possibly penalty. Elite crimes have been observed to be highly sophisticated because of the types of individuals involved in performing an illegal act and that there are instances wherein police authorities and other individuals of high status are involved. Elite crimes are commonly controlled by varying numbers of individuals, from a pair of individuals to even a large group of up to a couple of hundred people. It should be noted that the more individuals involved in an elite crime, the greater the chances that the crime will be successful, because several individuals have orchestrated the illegal act and these individuals have put in a concerted effort to the success of the crime. Individuals linked to elite crimes are often difficult to track down because large groups can easily break up into smaller assemblies and claim that they have no associations with a particular criminal event. It is also daunting to identify a group of individuals without precise proof that they have been involved in a crime. Group members responsible for elite crimes have been well-trained and ready to cover all angles that may disclose their involvement in a high profile crime and each individual of the group often watch over their group members and send messages to their other group members should the police authorities start to ask questions about their latest actions and whereabouts. Elite crimes have evolved through the decades and have reached international coverage (Hughes et al. , 2007). During the earlier decades, specific elite crimes occurred in every country, presenting its own characteristic criminal trademarks. Currently, elite crimes have spanned across the global, with individuals manning the crime in at least two different countries that may even be tens of thousands of miles apart and these crimes are still successful in its execution. It seems that national borders are now ineffective to elite criminals because they have the ability to act beyond customs and national laws of trafficking. Elite crimes that encompass several countries around the globe are usually difficult to track down and prevent because each country has its own procedure for police administration and no international police system that is in effective to date. Elite crimes have similarities and differences between the simple criminal acts that are performed solely by an individual. Both elite and simple crimes have the intention to perform acts that will promote the acquisition of money and/or property or commodities which are owned by someone else or by a company. However, elite crimes are governed by a larger group of individuals hence the extent of money that this group would like to amass is significantly bigger than a single criminal trying to rob a convenience store. Elite crimes often target a string of banks that are positioned across the globe or focus on collecting highly priced commodities such as entire shipments of a certain manufacturer. Both elite and simple crimes pose harm to their target victim. However, the extent of harm that elite crimes inflict is massive, wherein these gangs can affect the society, while simple crimes only affect a single individual such as the storekeeper of a pharmacy that has been robbed of the day’s income. Elite crimes are also specialized in modifying their mode of action depending on the location where the crime will be enacted. In situations wherein the elite crime involves 3 countries, each crime that takes place in each country will be modified to adjust to that country’s cultural features. In addition, the individual gang members of that global elite crime will also carry specific cultural and national personalities and attitudes that make the entire criminal story so colorful that it could even look like a story that can only happen in the movies. Members of gangs involved in elite crimes are generally very flexible in the area where they are positioned to perform the crime. There are also elite crimes that are performed between the Eastern and Western worlds hence it is difficult to determine where the head of the gang is located because the elite crime is often performed in an orchestrated manner. Other gangs that operate elite crimes are located in specific continents such as Europe, yet these gangs have to spread throughout the different countries in that continent by crossing the borders. There are also gangs that manage elite crimes in Southeast Asia, triggering illegal actions across large bodies of water such as the Pacific and Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Elite crimes are often tagged to influential individuals that have constructed huge groups that are composed of a spectrum of individuals that perform their specific responsibilities in order to conduct a successful crime that is massive in nature. Not only do these gangs have middle men, but they actually have several levels of hierarchy and only the gang members of the lowest ranking are caught by police authorities during their actual performance of the crime. The leader of the gang is often hidden in a remote and safe place and it is often difficult to trace the hierarchy of these large groups unless the police authorities are patient enough to track these individuals down. Elite crimes are global issues that need to be studied and investigated more because these illegal events strongly affect society and are continuously getting more complicated and specialized. Concomitant to the global trade issues that are currently happening, elite crimes should be a priority to the international police authorities. Reference Hughes DM, Chon KY, Ellerman DP (2007): Modern-day comfort women: the U. S. Military, transnational crime, and the trafficking of women. Violence Against Women. 13(9):901-22.