UK Tech Industry Welcomes Government's Anti-Crime Strategy

TechUK has welcomed the technology focus of the government’s new crime prevention strategy.

The Modern Crime Prevention Strategy was launched by the home secretary Theresa May at the Home Offices International Crime and Policing Conference in London.

The conservatives promised to develop a modern crime prevention strategy to address the key drives of crime in the party’s 2015 election manifesto.

In the foreword to the strategy document Theresa May wrote: “The fact that crime is changing means we all need to update the way we think about crime prevention, building on the successes of the past whilst making the most of new research, techniques and tools to protect the public.

We need to recognise that the crime prevention challenge has evolved – we now need to prevent serious harm that happens inside victims’ homes, or to stop a cybercriminal on the other side of the world from targeting thousands of people here with a single keystroke.”

The document sets out proposals to make crime harder to commit and includes provides consumers with more information on how secure their smartphone is.

May said: “The strategy also focuses explicitly on how all of us can use data and new technology as powerful tools for preventing crime.“I believe that fraud and cyber crime, to name but two, are as preventable as car crime and burglary if we understand the problem, work together and use our collective ingenuity to beat the criminals.”

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