CYBER crime is a threat that needs to be tackled head on.
That is according to Warwickshire’s police and crime commissioner Ron Ball who described it as a new frontier in criminal activity.
Mr Ball said people were two and a half times more likely to become a victim of internet fraud than any other crime with the estimated cost predicted at between £18 billion and £27 billion.
He said most people would not consider leaving their home or car unlocked, but did not always think seriously about security when using the internet.
“Traditional crime such as burglary and robbery have declined year on year but in contrast, cyber crime is growing at a rapid pace.
“There needs to be a coordinated approach to counter this trend with everyone showing greater awareness and taking action to step up online security.
“Many of these crimes are relatively easy to prevent with greater awareness. We want people to understand what they can do to safeguard themselves against cyber criminals.”
A group has already been set up by Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces to tackle cyber crime and develop prevention initiatives. It is chaired by assistant chief constable Lewis Benjamin.
Mr Ball will be among the speakers at a cyber crime conference and workshop hosted by Coventry University in conjunction with Warwickshire and West Mercia Police on May 23.