Armed Robbery

Cash-in-transit attacks

reached their peak in Northern Ireland in 2002 when there were 134 attacks in the calendar year. Following extensive partnership work, including the formation of the OCTF armed robbery subgroup, figures began to reduce. By 2007 levels had decreased to their lowest levels in almost ten years, with 22 attacks recorded during the calendar year – in 2014 there were 8 CIT attacks, this maintains the low level of incidents seen in recent years. There were no successful CIT attacks in N.Ireland during the 2017 calendar year, the first time there have been no incidents recorded since 1998. 

Tiger Kidnaps

traditionally would have been targeted against staff working in financial institutions; however an increase in security measures has led to a displacement to other types of businesses such as retails outlets, public houses, and restaurants and private business owners. The number of tiger kidnaps reported in Northern Ireland peaked in 2009 when 16 incidents were recorded. Levels have been significantly reduced since 2012 and there were no incidents in 2017. However, anyone who the criminals believe has access to large amounts of cash disposable commodities or any other commodity of use to organised criminal gangs can become the target of a tiger kidnap. Advice on appropriate security measures can be provided by PSNI.


in Northern Ireland was traditionally carried out by paramilitary groups who not only used this form of organised crime to make large sums of money, but also to maintain controls over the community. The extorting of money from businesses in exchange for "protection services" remains an issue although at a lesser level than has been seen in the past.
Blackmail offences against individuals have included traditional extortions and also cyber-enabled offences. There continues to be a level of extortion carried out by locally based foreign national organised crime groups, usually against members of their own community.
"Bad on bad" extortions involve the blackmail of an individual involved in some form of criminality, usually drugs supply. It is not unusual for drug suppliers to be forced to pay a premium in order to gain permission to supply in particular areas unchallanged.
Sextortion is the term used to refer to sexual exploitation in which victims are persuaded to perform intimates acts on camera for the sole purpose of blackmail and ransom demands. This is believed to be a highly unreported crime type with victims too embaressed to report it.