A new joint unit aimed at combatting rising levels of cyber and cyber-enabled crime has been launched today
Nationally online fraud is on the increase. In 2014, there were 3,815 fraud and cyber reports in Norfolk but it’s believed 80 per cent of all cyber-crime and fraud is preventable.
The new Norfolk and Suffolk Cyber Crime Unit based in Halesworth will be responsible for investigating all offences where networked computers or technology have been used to commit crimes, from child pornography, human trafficking, drugs and contraband and the increasing problem of online fraud.
Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett said: “The world has changed and, while traditional crime may be falling, criminals are finding other ways to commit crime and police forces must respond. The shift towards cyber-crime has, and will continue to make, significant demands on police resources, both in terms of crime prevention and investigation.
“As PCC, I am committed to making sure Norfolk Police is properly resourced to deal with this shift, and am pleased to see Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies coming together through the new unit to develop and deploy their joint expertise in this area.
“As for crime prevention, our police forces aren’t the only ones who should be coming together to fight cyber-crime. The people of Norfolk and Suffolk have to play their part too – just as you make sure your doors are locked, you need to make sure your online accounts are secure too. Know the dangers and how you can protect yourselves.”
To coincide with the launch of the new Cyber-Crime Unit, Norfolk and Suffolk Police have released a series of short #TooGoodToBeTrue films to warn the public about the dangers of online fraud and how to prevent it.
Detective Superintendent Steve Mattin from the Norfolk and Suffolk Cyber and Serious Crime Directorate said: “The digital revolution and the use of cyber space is now a way of normal life, in which we communicate, conduct business and make transactions and therefore the same should apply in the way we police it.
“The launch of the video will ensure that people living in Norfolk and Suffolk are aware of the dangers out there in cyber space. Anyone can become a victim of online fraud, regardless of age, gender, profession or background.
“By raising awareness of online fraud and the many forms it takes it will be much more difficult for criminals to gain access to our personal details or money. The films send out a clear message, that if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. You wouldn’t hand your money to a complete stranger in the street, so why do it online?”
You can view the #TooGoodToBeTrue films on www.norfolk.police.uk/toogoodtobetrue