UK 'losing war against e-crime'

The UK is still "complacent" towards e-crime as victims are "hidden in cyberspace", according to MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee, despite being the preferred target of online criminals in 25 countries.

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Police need 'greater resources' to tackle e-crimes

Crime is changing and not falling at the rate that figures suggests, the chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales said today, after an influential group of MPs found that UK was "losing the war against cyber crime" in a new report.

Steve Williams said:

It is extremely concerning that relentless cuts to policing are continuing at a time when there is a burgeoning cyber crime industry.

This report highlights how the Government message that its reforms are working because crime is falling is one which is over-simplistic and misleading. It is also rightly acknowledges that online crime can play a direct role in other offences being committed.

Crime is clearly changing, not falling at the rate the figures suggest, and an unknown but extremely high number of offences are going unreported. The police service needs greater, not fewer, resources to deal with the challenges of the 21st century.

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