Cops take steps to im­prove cy­ber­crime de­tec­tion skills

Po­lice will in­crease man­power of cy­ber cell, train of­fi­cers, set up cy­ber lab

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com PHISH­ING, VISHING

Alarmed by the in­creas­ing cases of card frauds and on­line cheat­ing, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice seem to have pulled up their socks and act fi­nally.

Apart from de­cid­ing to in­crease the man­power in the cy­ber cell, the po­lice are con­cen­trat­ing on im­prov­ing de­tec­tion skills of their of­fi­cers. They are shar­ing de­tails with all cy­ber cells of the state to iden­tify and zero in on the crim­i­nals in­volved in crimes such as phish­ing and vishing, a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

Last week, HT re­ported that as many as 361 card fraud cases were reg­is­tered by the po­lice in the city in the first four months. On an av­er­age, three peo­ple lose money from their bank ac­counts ev­ery day.

“First, the strength of the cy­ber cell will be in­creased soon. We have one in­spec­tor, one as­sis­tant in­spec­tor and 15 con­sta­bles in the cy­ber cell. The re­quired num­ber of con­sta­bles to tackle the in­creas­ing crimes is around 25. We will see how many more of­fi­cers we can get for the cell,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

“Hence­forth, the cy­ber cell of­fi­cials will do only the tech­ni­cal works from the lab. They waste their time by go­ing to field to col­lect de­tails of a case or to ar­rest an ac­cused. We have de­cided to send of­fi­cers from other units of the crime branch for such works,” he said.

“Third, for hon­ing their de­tec­tion skills by keep­ing a tab on the chang­ing sce­nario of the cy­ber world, the of­fi­cers will get train­ing from time to time. A Mum­bai-based or­gan­i­sa­tion will train of­fi­cials who are posted or go­ing to be posted in the cy­ber cell,” he said.

The ex­ist­ing cy­ber lab of Navi Mum­bai po­lice has nine com­put­ers. How­ever, due to lack of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, com­pli­cated cases can­not be solved here and of­ten of­fi­cers have to take help of the Mum­bai po­lice.

A new cy­ber lab is also be­ing planned at the up­com­ing CCTV com­mand cen­tre to be con­structed by the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) near the po­lice com­mis­sioner’s of­fice at CBD Be­la­pur. “The pro­posed new lab will be equipped with foren­sic tools for de­tect­ing all crimes,” an­other of­fi­cer said.

Sawant said, “In view of the in­creas­ing chal­lenges in the cy­ber world, all cy­ber cells of the state have formed a mes­sag­ing group. We share in­for­ma­tion re­quired for pre­vent­ing and de­tect­ing such crimes. Cy­ber of­fi­cers from Delhi, Ut­tar Pradesh and other states are also pro­vid­ing us in­puts.”

He said that the big­gest prob­lem is lack of aware­ness among peo­ple.

“They eas­ily trust peo­ple who want to help them at banks and ATMs. We ap­peal to res­i­dents to not give their de­tails such as PIN num­ber, ac­count num­ber, card num­ber and date of birth to any ran­dom peo­ple. These de­tails should not be given to any­one over phone or re­ply­ing to any mail,” he added.

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