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Make Criminals Pay

Property alleged to be involved in money laundering, seized during a raid. Two people have been charged.Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to making criminals pay for their actions and ensuring they don’t benefit from crime.


Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) or POCA, we are able to strip criminals of any assets they’ve gained from their illegal activities, such as houses, cash and cars, to ensure they can’t go back to the unlawfully obtained lifestyle they once had.


The value of criminals’ assets are then used to help Hertfordshire Constabulary fight crime and also to compensate victims.


This powerful legislation also allows us to successfully remove negative role models from society, keeping Hertfordshire a safe place to live, work and visit.


Click on the links below to see how you can help us hit criminals where it hurts, how we are using our powers to fight criminals and compensate victims, and what we are doing with criminals’ assets to make your community safer.


Help us hit criminals where it really hurts


Hertfordshire Constabulary is constantly working to hit criminals where it hurts – by taking away the profits of their crimes.


With the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002), we’re removing assets unlawfully gained by drug dealers, thieves and fraudsters and taking away any funding which could be used for reoffending.


But we still need your help and rely on information you can tell us about what is happening in your community.


Do you know someone who could be benefiting from crime?


Don’t stand for it and instead make criminals pay.


Take action by calling Hertfordshire Constabulary on Telephone 101 and tell us if they are breaking the law and enjoying a lifestyle they shouldn’t have.


Or, you can make criminals pay via our secure online form, where you can remain anonymous. Click here to access the secure form.


Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on Telephone 0800 555 111.  You don’t have to give your name and your information could result in a cash reward.


Let Herts Police remove these negative role models from society.


Your information will help us make your community safer and your call will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence and with sensitivity.


What has POCA done in the past?


All year-round, Hertfordshire Constabulary runs investigations to stop criminals from benefiting from crime.


We target burglars, drug dealers and fraudsters and in the past have taken away sports cars, cash and homes and even a light aircraft.


Below is a showcase of just some of the successful operations we have run to make criminals pay.




The power of POCA was unleashed on a convicted gang responsible for a car theft and exportation network, when almost £900,000 was seized from them.Stolen, high value vehicles stopped from being shipped outside the UK.


A member of the group, Martin Clark, from Canvey Island, Essex, who is currently serving a seven year prison sentence for his involvement in the crime, was ordered to pay almost £770,000.


He was connected to the dishonest handling of more than £4m-worth of stolen prestige vehicles and their shipping out of the UK, mainly to Mombasa in Kenya.


The gang of 12 offenders were sentenced to a total of 50 years’ imprisonment in 2007 for conspiracy to handle stolen goods offences.


Thanks to POCA, Clark’s property empire was taken away from him. He was given six months to pay the order or face another four years behind bars.




Thanks to POCA, the funds ran out for Lee.Pen Peng Lee was ordered to pay £12,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, after admitting fraudulently removing cash from ATMs in Borehamwood.


He pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of going equipped. He was arrested after CCTV caught him fraudulently removing large quantities of cash from ATMs across the Borehamwood area. When officers stopped Lee, he was found in possession of £12,000 in cash, made up of £10 and £20 notes.


He was also sentenced to eight months imprisonment.


Thanks to POCA, the funds ran out for Lee and Hertfordshire Constabulary was able to stop him benefiting from cash that wasn’t his.




Handling stolen, high powered motorcycles and then selling them on to unsuspecting members of the public put a man from St Albans in the wrong gear.


Gary Smith was ordered to pay over £40,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, after pleading guilty to one count of possessing criminal property, eight counts of handling stolen goods and four counts of fraud by false representation.


This money represents an estimation of what Smith is believed to have benefited from through his activities and the amount of money that can be claimed from his assets.


He was sentenced to 39 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out unpaid work for 250 hours.


Thanks to POCA, the unsuspecting victims of his selfish crime were entitled to £7,500 in compensation. He was given six months to pay the compensation or face the prospect of going to prison for 18 months.


POCA provides a lifeline for victims


Hertfordshire residents remain at the heart of what we do and we strive to ensure victims of crime receive the best possible care and support.Mr Carr receives a cheque in compensation from Detective Superintendent Jane Swinburne after becoming a victim to a fraud.


With the powerful Proceeds of Crime Act, Hertfordshire Constabulary is able to ensure victims of crime, such as a fraud, can be entitled to compensation.


We recently claimed almost £1 million in compensation for victims of a shares scam - with all the money going directly to the victims. Download Adobe PDF Document For more details, please click here.


With POCA, we’re hitting criminals where it hurts by taking away their assets and helping victims to rebuild and carry on with their lives.


How is POCA helping the communities where I live?


As well as ensuring that criminals don’t benefit from crime, Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to improving the lives of local residents by putting unlawfully gained assets back into society.


Working with the Web Link Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board, we have awarded almost £70,000 – which is made up of the illegal assets of criminals  - to projects aiming to make the county an even safer place to live, work and visit.


Download Adobe PDF Document For more details on the Community Cashback scheme,
please click here


We’re using POCA to remove negative role models from society, while using their ill gotten gains to improve the lives for everyone in the county.