Crimes committed online in Surrey rose by 185%, according to the latest available figures.
The statistics come from the first Cybercrime profile for the county and have been published by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
The aim is to give agencies, businesses and residents a better understanding of the cybercrime threats and risks faced in Surrey so that better responses and plans can be developed.
The research shows that last year Surrey had the third highest rate of web users in the UK, with the majority of people in the county spending an average of one to three hours online every day. Cybercrime rose by 185% between 2014 and last year.
David Munro, the Police & Crime Commissioner for the county, said: “While the criminals perpetrating the offence often remain unseen, the lasting and often devastating effect on people’s lives can sadly be all too apparent. We know that around 80% of fraud and cybercrime is preventable, so it’s crucial that our local residents and businesses know how to protect themselves online.”
“This profile is the first ever attempt to bring information about cybercrime in Surrey into one place, and I hope it provides a solid foundation on which to build local response and action plans to help protect residents from this ever-evolving area of crime.”
The cybercrime profile can be found at: cybersafesurrey.org.