techUK has called for a new approach to tackling low impact cyber-crime. Based on interviews with police and industry stakeholders and Freedom of Information requests to all 43 police forces, the 'Partners against crime' report calls for police and industry to work together to raise standards of reporting, recording and responding to this growing threat.
The first set of crime figures to include cyber-crimes, released mid-October, revealed an increase in crime for the first time in 20 years. Recent reporting and recording processes make it hard to fully understand the challenge faced. Around 50% of forces surveyed could not supply accurate figures of cyber-crime reports without manually analysing every crime in their recording systems.
Adrian Leppard, Commissioner of the City of London Police, said: "This report highlights the challenges that cyber-crime represents for policing. Within the context of shrinking public sector sources there is clearly the opportunity for private sector technology firms to work in closer partnerships with the Police to tackle the threat posed by cyber-crime."