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— The Criminals' mantra as seen on their emblem.
Criminal refers to a person (or a group of people) who committed crime; an act harmful not only to some individual or individuals, but also a community, society, or the state; such actions are forbidden and punishable by law with the state having the power to severely restrict one's liberty for committing a crime, although an action is regarded as a crime if declared as such by the relevant and applicable law in the state.
Acts that is declared as a crime generally includes, but not limited to, murder, assault, drug manufacturing, trade and trafficking, burglary, robbery, and motor vehicle theft (often referred to as a grand theft auto).
The Criminals are a faction featured in Battlefield Hardline, opposing Law Enforcement in the multiplayer. They appear to be a well equipped and well financed Criminal organization, with Criminal agents having access to military grade weapons, like the M416 and AWM, and high tech equipment and attack vehicles, including top of the line Stinger missiles and heavily armored Counter Attack Trucks and Attack helicopters. The organization's reach appears to stretch across the continental United States, with their activities extending from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, California.
The Criminals' appearance varies from map to map. On urban maps, like Downtown, Hollywood Heights and Bank Job, they have a more professional look, wearing vests and balaclavas. This team is known as Thieves.
While both Law Enforcement and Criminals start off with the same default weapons, certain purchasable weapons are exclusive to Criminals until a Weapon License is earned for the weapon, when it will then be accessible to the Law Enforcement as well. Weapons earned through Assignments are immediately available to both factions.
|Dual VZ .61|
|RO933 .300 BLK|
|AUG Para (Getaway)|
|.38 Snub (Default)|
|.410 Jury (Assignment)|
|870P Magnum (Default)|
|Double-Barrel Shotgun (Assignment)|
|FN FAL (Criminal Activity)|
|Bald Eagle (Assignment)|
|Scout Elite (Default)|
|.300 Knockout (Assignment)|
|Improvised Gun (Betrayal)|
The following are the vehicles used by Criminal Agents in multiplayer. Most of the vehicles are repurposed luxury civilian vehicles; the Hardened Attack Truck and Rogue Chopper are the only two original military-built vehicles. The civilian vehicles (The Utility Van, Fuel Tanker, Airboat, Hearse, and Snowmobile), can also be used by Criminals.
|Hardened Attack Truck|
|Syndicate Crew Cab|
- During the game's alpha, the Criminals' emblem was originally two knives crossing over each other as evidenced in the gamemode tutorial videos that can be accessed through the in-game menu.
- The Thieves are called PRO in the game file. This likely influenced from the Professionals based on a Heist film Heat.
- The Bangers are called STREET in the game file, indicated they are base on Street gang hence the dialect.
- In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, only the Bangers voice lines are used