Forget gangs, guns, and drugs — cyber crimes are rocketing past those to a near number one spot for crime in the nation according to a report released yesterday by the Canadian Association of Police Board (CAPB).
“If that doesn’t scare you a little, I don’t think anything will,” said police chief Rick Hanson at a media presentation.
Included in the findings was a near vertical spike in the number of cyber crimes, including computer viruses, lost or stolen banking and personal information, internet crimes against children and identity theft.
Staff Sgt. Dick Nyenhuis with the Calgary Police said they’re currently working on securing funds to put together a unit focused on targeting these crimes, which will hopefully include representatives from around the world.
But he says there’s a long way to go.
“If we grew to 50 people tomorrow, we still wouldn’t have enough to do what we need to do,” he said, adding the focus should be to increase efficiency in fighting these crimes.