Police have urged householders to work with them to make sure crime does not pay.
They are being encouraged to back the ‘Made from Crime’ campaign by letting them know if they suspect a neigbour is making cash illegally.
Anyone who funds their lifeststyles through crime is being targeted by Central Scotland Police - and the message is the public can help them hit their goal.
The crackdown is aimed at making full use of Proceeds of Crime Act legislation which allows assets that have been bought as a result of criminal activity to be seized.
Detective Sergean Ally Jackson of the Financial Crime Unit said: “We are not just looking to bring major criminals who live in big houses and have flash cars on the drive as a result of their illegal activiities to justice but also those who enjoy living beyond their means from the profits they make from being involved in the distribution of drugs, dealing in fake goods, selling cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol which have not been subject to tax and shoplifting.
“We have our own network of contacts helping us tackle this issue and since its launch last month the campaign has attracted a good response but we are keen to raise awareness about what is going on in our communities and it is the honest hard-working members of our communities we are asking for help. Solving all crime is important to us and this sort of crime is no different. Householders who contact us with information, either by going to a police station or reporting their concerns anonymously using our Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111 should know they will not be wasting our time and we will make the proper inquiries.”
Central Scotland Police has joined forces with Fife Constabulary and Lothian and Borders Police to form ‘East Command’ to share services and resources and produce results.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “We know there are people living beyond their means on the proceeds of crime be it through flash cars, designer clothes or expensive jewellery and that communities are suffering from the side affects of drug dealing, violence and other associated crimes. We are sending out a strong message that the police in Scotland will not tolerate criminals profiting from crime.”