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Case closed: Nearly half of cyber crimes are never solved

September 3, 2019 7:38 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

Case closed: Nearly half of cyber crimes are never solved

  • 5,099 cyber crime figures logged with cops - including threats to murder, rape and assaults
  • 2,236 cases are closed without a suspect or further action taken
  • Only 150 people are charged or summoned
  • 113 cases are dealt with by community resolution

An investigation by Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats has uncovered that 2,236 cyber crime cases are closed without anyone being arrested or held to account for their crimes.

Data released to the party under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 2,236 cases were filed, no suspect was found and the cops did no further investigation. The Liberal Democrats called that 'shocking' considering some of the serious crimes found during their investigation.

When asked by the Liberal Democrats for a log of the crimes the party admitted a series of serious crimes. 1,661 threatening messages were sent as well as 208 messages of 'false information'. A further 50 threats to kill, 22 cases of stalking, 995 cases of harassment. 53 cases of sexual assault and rapes were logged by the police as part of the horrific set of crime figures.

The police logged 248 cases of blackmail using online platforms.

A further 6 cases of trying to intimidate a juror were logged, a case of kidnapping and 78 cases of making and distributing indecent photographs of children. The police also disclosed a further 150 cases of disclosing private films and photos with intent to cause distress.

There were a further 18 cases of common assault as well as 42 breaches of an harassment injunction and restraining order.

2,800 of the cases are linked to the social networking platform Facebook over the last three years. This compares to 1,119 crimes linked to Instagram, 721 on Snapchat and just 90 on Twitter. The police also logged a further 369 online crimes.

1,336 of the victims are 16 years and younger according to the police disclosure.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat campaigner Ian Jenkins said:

"It seems like if it happens online it is cased closed for the cops and nothing is little is done in most cases to bring those guilty to account. It is truly shocking.

"Facebook and other social media platforms have a responsibility to act for all their warm words they are not doing enough to stop criminals using there platform to commit some hideous crimes.

"It also seems the Police Commissioner is asleep and is not giving this area his attention. It means that criminals are running rampant online."