Very or­gan­ised crime

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Hon­our among thieves? Not so fast. It turns out that when it comes to the much-vaunted and of­ten bloody ri­val­ries be­tween out­law bikie gangs, cash is more pow­er­ful than colours. As a re­port in to­day’s Daily Tele­graph re­veals, what were once fear­some tribal dis­putes be­tween war­ring gangs have all but dis­ap­peared as the lure of super prof­its are en­cour­ag­ing them to get to­gether and form super clubs.

Known as “one per­centers” by the cops, the NSW Crime Com­mis­sion de­scribes a world of head­hunt­ing and col­lu­sion that wouldn’t be out of place in the ex­ec­u­tive suite. Ac­cord­ing to the cops, while the day-to­day busi­ness is han­dled by mem­bers with “ro­man­tic” no­tions of be­ing part of a bikie gang, the top play­ers have re­alised that it pays to work to­gether to max­imise prof­its and evade de­tec­tion.

While there hasn’t been an all-out bikie war since 2012’s Op­er­a­tion Rap­tor smashed much of the state’s club cul­ture, what has come in its place has its own sin­is­ter side, with co-or­di­nat­ing op­er­a­tions moved off­shore and or­gan­ised crim­i­nals more than will­ing to cap­i­talise on Syd­ney’s boom­ing drug mar­ket.

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