Latest crime statistics has focussed on the significant rise in cybercrime over the last year, with one in 10 adults reported to have been a victim.
The figures, released by the Office National Statistics (ONS) reveal there were more than 5.8m incidents of cybercrime in the past year, including incidents of bank and credit card fraud, and 2m computer misuse offences of which 1.4m virus attacks.
The remainder refer to unauthorised access to personal information such as hacking of email, social media and online accounts.
Says Jamie Allam, Commercial Director of Amthal Fire and Security: “Fraud was traditionally considered a ‘victimless’ crime affecting businesses and banks. But it is clear with the increasing reliance on computers, tablets and smart phones it is now taking on a worrying trend that has to be addressed. “
Cyber security in all forms, is something we have to take individual responsibility for, including ensuring we don’t share personal information to readily, despite the social media temptation and we are especially careful about passwords and access codes.”
According to the crime statistics, the long-term trends in “traditional” crimes such as burglary, car thefts and criminal damage show that the fall in crime since its 1995 peak has slowed down since 2005.
Crime data is presented in two indexes - offences reported to and recorded by police forces, and the CSEW in which people are questioned about their experiences of crime.
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