Kochi tops in cyber crimes
The Kochi police in 2013 received almost 45 complaints of cyber crimes every month. But surprisingly, only about 10 per cent of them were registered as victims were mostly reluctant to lodge an FIR. Police said that in a majority of cases they were forced to let the accused go with a “strict” warning.
According to the police, Kochi registered a 33 per cent increase in cyber crimes in 2013 compared with the previous year. From 403 complaints in 2012, the number went up to 538 last year. The number of such complain- ants was 322 and 255, respectively, in 2011 and 2010. Police said that 90 per cent of the complaints were lodged by women and girls, including college students, and almost the same percentage was related to creating fake profiles in social networking sites. Complaints were filed mainly to remove fake profiles from social networking sites.
As per the data, police have also received over 20 complaints related to online frauds last year. Meanwhile, City Police Commissioner K.G. James said, “Cases are registered on almost all the complaints received by the police. But in some cases complainants don’t prefer to register cases.” He added that to check cyber crimes awareness programmes were frequently organised in city schools.