National Crime Survey Figures Show Growing Cyber Crime
According to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales there were 3.6 million fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences in the 12 months to September 2016.
This is the first time statistics for the full year were included in the report.
The figures are in line with the estimates of 3.8 million fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences included in a report covering the 12 months to March 2016.
According to a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the inclusion of these offences yields a new headline estimate of 11.8 million incidents of crime covered by the survey, but it will be another year before a year-on-year comparison can be made.
The report said however that trend data on frauds referred to the police showed an annual rise of 3%, while other industry data on financial fraud showed there were 1.9 million cases of frauds on UK-issued cards – showing an increase of 39% from the year before.
ONS Statistician, John Flatley, said: “In the past, burglary and theft of vehicles were the high-volume crimes driving trends, but their numbers have fallen substantially since then.”
He said fraud was not considered a significant threat when the crime survey started 35 years ago.
He added: “Today’s figures demonstrate how crime has changed, with fraud now the most commonly experienced offence.”CEO at security firm NCC Group, Rob Cotton, said: “This type of activity poses a huge threat to both businesses and consumers alike, but without accurate data it’s difficult to grasp the real scale of the problem.”
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