Kochi maintains lead as Kerala’s cyber crime capital

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Trivandrum: According to statistics released by the Hi-Tech Crime Enquiry Cell (HTCEC) of the Kerala Police, Kochi has recorded the highest number of cases in the State in the last two years. The overall statistics also show that the cyber crime rate is on the rise in Kerala. HTCEC is a formal set up at the Police Headquarters to handle Cyber Crimes and other techno based crimes in Kerala.

The most commonly reported cyber crimes reported in Kerala are Hacking, sending of pornographic mails, distorting / impersonation on social network sites, sending obscene SMS / Mails, Cyber Cheating, Cyber Stalking, etc. There have been few cases involving security issues and misuse of networks in IT companies also.

As per HTCEC, the number of cyber crimes in Kerala during 2009 was 36,976 which rose to 69,970 in 2010, an increase of 89.23%. In 2011, the number of case was 73,605, an increase of 5.2%. Kochi recorded 10,542 cases in 2010 and 9,769 cases in 2011. During the same period, Thiruvananthapuram has shown a drop in cyber crime. In 2009, the capital city registered 4,913 cases which dropped to 4,818 in 2010 and to 2,428 cases in 2011.

The officials at the Hi-Tech Cell credit the increase in awareness among the general public about cyber crimes to the sudden spurt in the number of cases being reported in 2010. Even now only a small percentage of cases like email hacking or website hacking is being reported or else the actual numbers would have been more.

In the last three years, only three districts – Kollam, Kozhikode and Thrissur have seen a decline in the number of cyber crime related cases. All the other districts – Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuram, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod, have shown an increase in the cyber crime rate during this period.

If a Cyber Crime is reported, the affected person or party should contact the nearest Police Station to register the Complaint. If the SHO of that Police Station is technically competent to handle the Crime, he will take action directly or contacts HTCEC, Thiruvananthapuram, and gets necessary technical advices to handle such crime. 

Kerala IT News

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