New police unit to tackle cyber-crime

Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
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A new police unit is due to officially launch on Monday (September 28) in order to better tackle fraud and cyber-related crime within Cambridgeshire.

The Constabulary has introduced the Fraud and Cyber Investigation Unit (FCIU) in order to provide a specialist response to the advances in technology that impacts across all crime types and almost all crimes we are presented with today.

The unit, which consists of a ‘cyber’ team and a ‘fraud’ team, aims to prevent our communities from becoming victims of cybercrime, protect vulnerable groups, and pursue those engaged in cybercrime.

A cyber security advisor has been appointed who will be responsible for providing advice and support to local businesses.

Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing criminal activities across the world and covers a huge range of illegal activity including financial scams, computer hacking, downloading pornographic images from the internet, virus attacks, stalking, harassment and more.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Vanterpool, force lead for cybercrime, said: “To ensure the cybercrime data we collate is a true representation of the cyber-picture within Cambridgeshire we need members of the public to report any incidents to us.

“Cybercrime isn’t just about hacking and online bullying, there are many different types; hacking, identity theft, cyber bullying, sexting, sharing indecent images of children, denial of service attacks, emails containing viruses, and many more.

“I believe a big part of the problem is lack of understanding of what constitutes a cyber crime and often people don’t realise they have been a victim.

“There are many useful websites which hold a whole range of information on the matter, including our own, and I would strongly recommend for people to take a few minutes to familiarise themselves with the different types of cybercrime.”