THE Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s ongoing campaign to tackle cybercrime continues to gather momentum – with figures showing an increase in the number of reported cases.
The PCC has been at the vanguard of ensuring Staffordshire business leaders across public, private and third sectors are wise to online fraud.
And the message is hitting home with figures showing a rise in action fraud reports – which effectively means more crimes are being reported due to the public’s vigilance and understanding.
In what is viewed as a positive, the value of the losses are decreasing as an overall trend.
This follows the recent Online Fraud Conference at the County Showground, which drew more than 400 Staffordshire and West Midlands-based industry champions and business leaders.
Tamworth Informed were at the event and filmed a series of videos, you can see these videos here.
The most recent figures, for November 2017, show 430 action fraud reports. This was an increase from 359 in August the same year and a rise from just over 300 in August 2016.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold said: ‘The rise in cybercrime and online fraud has been alarming.
‘Hacking is a cottage industry on a global scale and we’ve all been having to play catch up.
‘So it is important that businesses, commercial managers and the general public are aware of the dangers of online fraud.
‘I invited business leaders across the public, private and third sectors to attend a conference in Stafford at the end of November and I hope this will be reflected in future figures.
‘But our ongoing campaign to underline the importance of being streetwise to cybercrime is already paying off – as reflected in the rise of reported frauds.
‘It’s important Staffordshire continues to be vigilant against such crime.’