To solve complex cybercrimes an exclusive police station and a Cyber Forensic Lab were opened in the city on Friday. At Siripuram Inaugurating the facilities at Udyog Bhavan (VUDA building), Director-General of Police R.P Thakur expressed a person who has come to feel helpless can now directly approach the Cyber Crime Police Station and lodge complaints, police team take necessary action regarding victims complaints.
The cyber crime police station in the Vizag is the second such exclusive facility in the State after the one in Vijayawada that was opened recently. The Cyber Crime Police Station in the city will be run by a team of one Circle Inspector, one head constable, three sub-inspectors, two women constables, 10 constables and a home guard.
The National Crime Records Bureau data advises that Visakhapatnam has been in the second place in the country after Bengaluru in cybercrime cases. In 2016, Visakhapatnam earned the dubious distinction of reporting the highest number of cyber crime cases in the State.
The DGP pointed out those online and OTP frauds are leading the crime list, followed by job and ATM frauds in the city.
“A state-of-the-art cyber forensic laboratory will be set up in Vijayawada at a cost of Rs.300 crore within a year, the State will have seven cybercrime training centres and police stations including the ones in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam,” Mr Thakur expressed.
“Cyber crimes rising at a rate of about 20% per year and more importantly, fraudsters are following innovative modus operandi. And that is why we need to be updated and trained,” expressed Mr. Thakur.
There are 141 courses, the training modules and duration different from 3 to 15 days,” Of the seven facilities, the ones in Anantapur and Vijayawada will serve as the primary training and analysis centres. Mr Thakur expressed.
the data collected and sent to the bigger labs for analysis, Cyber analysis kits will also be provided at all district and sub-division levels, he expressed.
City Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Laddha, IG (Tech Services) N. Sanjay, DIG (Visakhapatnam Range) Ch. Srikanth and Rural Superintendent of Police Rahul Dev Sharma and other officers were attended on the occasion.