Kochi tops in cy­ber crimes

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

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.

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