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For a city bearing the lofty monikers of IT capital and startup hub, Bengaluru's cybercrime-fighting abilities are rudimentary.
The police is finally stepping up its act, beginning with a larger, dedicated unit fully equipped to investigate all kinds of cybercrimes.
About 40 policemen deployed to this new cell will be trained to deal with complex technology-related crimes. Functioning under the city police's Central Crime Branch (CCB), it will start registering cases next month.
“We will provide them all facilities, including special equipment and specialists to deal with IT related cases," city police commissioner Praveen Sood said. “If the staff wants more help, they can approach the CID police but we want the city police to be expert in handling all types of IT-related frauds."
That would be a significant stepup from the present capabilities.
The existing cybercrime cell was established within the city police commissioner's office on October 2015 but is monitored by the Criminal Investigation Department. It is staffed by two inspectors deployed from the CID and one sub-inspector and three constables from the city police wing.
Its remit is restricted to registering complaints of credit and debit card misuse if the fraud amount exceeds Rs. 5 lakh and cases of fraudulent money transfers if the amount exceeds Rs. 50 lakh.
“IT crime is very specialised. Most of the police officers do not have knowledge about it. They require analytical prowess, training and equipment to solve cybercrime cases," Sood said.
So “we requested the state government to set up a separate cybercrime police station under the Central Crime Branch to deal with all types of IT-related crimes."
In the 15 months since it was estab lished, the present cybercrime police station has registered 65 cases--20 in 2015 and the balance 45 last year--most of these related to debit and credit card fraud and derogatory statements on social media.
The CID headquarters, on the other hand, registered 80 cybercrime cases last year. “Since the manpower is very less in the existing police station, we could not handle all kinds of cases," said Krishnappa, an inspector in the present cybercrime police station.
SOURCE: Economic Times
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