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Cybercrime

Home Office written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of online fraud and other forms of cybercrime was reported to the police in each of the last three years.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing and the Fire Service)

The Home Office does not hold the information requested. The Home Office collects data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) on the number of recorded fraud offences in England and Wales, including offences recorded under the Computer Misuse Act.

These data, which are published by the ONS, are available on their website at https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice#datasets (see ‘Crime in England and Wales: Appendix tables’ – Table A4). The Home Office does not hold information on the number of recorded fraud offences that were committed online.

The ONS also now publishes experimental data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales on fraud and cyber crime incidents experienced by individuals. As part of this suite of statistics, they publish data on the proportion of incidents of fraud and computer misuse reported to the police or Action Fraud. These data can be found on the ONS website (same link as above) in the ‘Crime in England and Wales: Experimental tables’ – see Table E7.

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