Lucknow: The newly constructed building of Cyber Crime Cell setup at Hazratganj Police Station was inaugurated by the Police Commissioner Lucknow DK Thakur. The Cyber Crime Cell building will help in abating the menace that cyber crimes bring with it.
The new building will streamline the functioning of the cyber crime cell. The new building is in sync with the recent policy of the U.P Police of nipping cyber criminals in the bud via a serious tracking and acting on cyber thugs.
The development in Lucknow comes at a time when the Uttar Pradesh Police have decided to set up a cyber help desk (CHD) at every police station across the state. The decision has been taken given the rising cybercrime cases in recent times. Cops across the state will be instilled with the technical know-how to deal with such cases.
Various initiatives are in the pipeline so as to ensure people protect themselves from falling prey to cyber-criminals. At least two trained cops with expertise in handling cyber-crime cases will be appointed at every CHD. Currently, there are 18 cyber police stations at range police offices across the state.
A helpline number has already been issued for victims of cyber-crimes and people can also register their complaints through phones. Police officials said that most cyber-crime cases are related to cyber frauds/financial frauds and advised that if corrective measures are initiated at the right time, the amount can be frozen so that victims do not lose money.
Most cyber-fraud victims lack knowledge as to what measures they should take after becoming a victim. Training of policemen would be completed soon.
In 2020, Uttar Pradesh may have registered the sharpest dip in cases of heinous crimes in seven years, but the state registered at least 30 criminal cases of cybercrime daily all through the year.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, UP registered 11,097 cases of cybercrime in 2020. This was a whopping increase of 1,500% from 687 cybercrime cases reported in UP in 2013.