Cops prepared for increase in cyber crime

May 21, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis forcing more businesses to be conducted online, Deputy Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick is reminding persons to be vigilant as it relates to cyber-related crimes.

She noted that recently there was an operation in Area One, which comprises Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny, regarding defrauding activities, relating to the cloning of bank cards and other cyber crimes.

"That is something that from time to time, we come across. I know recently there was an operation somewhere in Area One, where some instruments used in that type of activity were seized," Garrick told THE STAR. "Given that a lot of what has been happening is taking place online, what we have been doing is to consistently remind shoppers and the general public at large, just to take the necessary precautions when doing transactions online as well as following the safe practices and principles," she said.

Necessary safety measures

She added, "A lot of what has been happening globally now is on the Internet, and so it's only prudent that persons exercise all the necessary safety measures to ensure that they are not being tricked or defrauded in any way."

Garrick said that she is anticipating an uptick in these types of criminal activities, and the police are prepared to tackle the issue head on.

"That is something we intend to ramp up because given the new norm, we know that there are other things that we will be seeing. The children too are online doing their work, so there is a drive from us to constantly remind the public. We have started that, and will be widening that to include various breaches of the Cyber Crimes Act," she said. "These are things we want the public to be aware of, so if they should be a victim, they know the steps to follow in reporting that matter."

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