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Cybercrime & Online Fraud Prominent in Latest Crime Stats

ONS estimates that there were more than 5 million cases of cybercrime and fraud last year.

The Office for National Statistics has released the results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, covering the year to Sept 2016. Commenting on the findings, Henry Rex, Programme Manager - Justice and Emergency Services at techUK said:

“These figures from the ONS emphatically demonstrate the changing nature of crime. While many more ‘traditional’ forms of crime are falling, the 3.6 million fraud cases and two million computer misuse offences last year present a significant new challenge for police forces nationwide..

“In order to tackle cybercrime and online fraud effectively law enforcement agencies must be equipped with the right tools and digital skills. Only by having a close partnership with industry can the police ensure that they have access to the resources and capabilities they need. In our recent report Digital Policing: The Future of Modern Crime Prevention, techUK outlined the models and mechanisms that would enable the police to access industry capabilities in an agile and practical way. We look forward to working with the Government, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and police to ensure the UK is well placed to keep the public safe from this evolving threat.”

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