Bengaluru, Sept 9: The recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau stated that Bengaluru has the most number of cyber crimes reported in the country. In the year 2016 alone, the city which is the IT capital of India has witnessed 135 cases relating to cyber crime.
What is worrying is that the number of cases and the money fraudulently taken away has increased by over 200 per cent.
The increase in cyber crime is not because the criminal has got smarter. It because the police are not smart enough and the pendency level at the investigation stage is very high.
Take for instance this statistic. In 2015 the money involved in cyber crimes was at Rs 2.35 crore. This year it is already at Rs 7.70 crore.
There is also a lot of confusion in the minds of the people and several complaints that have been filed with the cyber crime do not even evoke a response.
There is an option to file a complaint online, but the response rate is close to nil. At times people have been told to approach the jurisdictional police station. When one does that they say it is the job of the cyber crime wing.
Taking serious note of the situation, the government of Karnataka has now decided to set up a training academy. It has been noticed that the first step that needs to be taken is to impart proper training to the existing officers.
Most of the personnel in the cyber crime wing lack basic training. Worse there is still the mindset among some who feel that this is a punishment posting.
For now the government plans on training the existing officers. More officers will be brought into the cyber crime cell over a period of time.
The first step would be to make the officials alive to the problem following which they would be trained. While the academy would train officers on how to investigate cases properly, emphasis would also be laid on prevention of such offences.