Crime Rate in UK Might Rise by 40% with Cyber OffencesAdded: Friday, October 16th, 2015
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According to the recent estimations, the headline crime rate for the United Kingdom may rise by up to 40% due to inclusion of the scale of online fraud and cybercrime for the first time.
Indeed, according to the Office for National Statistics, the inclusion of such cybercrime as bank and building society fraud may add almost 4m incidents to the headline crime survey estimate. For example, the last figures were less than 7m offences experienced by victims in the UK in the past year. In the meantime, statistics on cyber fraud and crime have been published separately from the headline figures and have not been based on an estimate of the number of victims. Now the estimate will also include such online offences as phishing scams, malware and other attacks.
The industry watchers point out that the apparent surge in the crime rate might reignite the debate over whether there was a real long-term decline in crime in the country over the past two decades or criminals have just moved online.
The police also reinforced the warning of the expected rise in the crime rate figures by around 3m fraud and cyber incidents. Such statistics would undermine the government’s claim that cutting 17,000 officers was justified by the decline in crime. In the meantime, it was clear that crime was not falling, it was changing. The critics believe that the Office of National Statistics is forcing the government’s hand and making them come clean about the new wave of crime hitting the country – increasing online fraud and cybercrime.
The police also pointed out that there were increased demands on a depleted force to address child sex exploitation, fight the rising levels of sexual and violent crime and keep people safe from terrorism.
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