Police should learn from tech to fight fraud threat

16 Oct 18

Police officers should be seconded to tech firms to learn how forces can reduce fraud, an industry group has recommended.

TechUK, which represents more than 950 British technology companies, set out a range of measures to help the police tackle scammers.

As well as secondments of police staff into tech, tech experts could also go on secondment to the police, the group said in a briefing paper.

The recommendation arises from meetings between TechUK, senior police officers and civil servants to respond to the revelation that fraud is the most commonly experienced crime in the UK.

The Crime Survey of England and Wales 2018 indicated that there were 3.3 million incidents of fraud over the last year and that over half of all fraud is online.

Meanwhile, the National Crime Agency’s strategic assessment of serious & organised crime from May 2018, found that less than 20% of fraud incidents are reported.

Ian Dyson, commissioner of the City of London police and national policing lead for fraud and economic crime, urged people to report fraud to help forces better understand and tackle the problem.

“We are working to increase information sharing between Action Fraud [the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime], law enforcement and business, and will continue to deepen out relationships with the tech industry to increase partnership working,” he said.

The government recently set up a new public sector counter fraud profession.

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