According to a new in-depth survey authorised by Warwickshire County Council and the Office of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, ‘Cybercrime – The Real Story', victims of cyber-crime in Warwickshire could amount to losses of £2.5 million per year.
The survey suggests that 82,200 people were victimised by online crime during the last 12 months in Warwickshire. About 2.4 percent of respondents don't know how to protect themselves against cyber-crime. If the figures represent the picture on a national level, it would suggest that hackers have succeeded in targeting 9.6 million people this past year, averaging in £300 million in losses in the UK.
Over half of respondents have been targeted by phishing scams, with 10 percent becoming victims. One in five respondents that spend over seven hours a day online will become a victim of cyber-crime. With increasing age, knowledge of online crime risks slightly diminishes, however the feeling of being at risk grows significantly.
Warwickshire police and crime commissioner Ron Ball said, “It's clear that cyber-crime and internet fraud are booming and the nature of policing will have to change to keep up with the increasingly sophisticated ways criminals are exploiting online vulnerabilities. In Warwickshire we have already invested in a range of initiatives to tackle cyber-crime, while at national level more work needs to be done to ensure that this growing threat can be countered.”