Police will treat fraud cases like terrorism in order to crack down on rising crime
Fraud will be given terrorism-like status in a £30m bid to fight crime that accounts for 30% of crime, it was reported yesterday.
The money injected will be used to build a ‘super brain’ computer system that uses artificial intelligence to analyze any fraud and identify the criminals behind it.
It will add to the requirement of strategic control, which means that forces must make it a priority alongside public disorder, organized crime, terrorism and child sexual abuse.
In addition, there will be an overhaul to the much-criticized Act of Fraud, the specialized unit based at the City of London Police, The Sunday Telegraph reports.
Ten regional rogue teams have also been formed with 96 officers employed to date.
The money injected will be used to build a ‘super brain’ computer system that uses artificial intelligence to analyze any fraud and identify the criminals behind it. It will be added to the strategic control requirement, which means forces must make it a priority alongside public disorder, organized crime, terrorism and child sexual abuse.
Police hope the new computer suite due out next year will ‘join the dots’ to identify scammers.
Last year, the Daily Mail reported how the UK had become the global fraud capital, with losses amounting to almost £3 billion annually.
Commander Nik Adams, of the City of London Police, has been tasked with improving police response and said it was ‘astonishing’ that 300 victims of the scam were at risk of suicide and self-harm themselves every year.
‘There’s been a huge investment in a new action fraud system for making calls and criminals.
“A tremendous investment in the analytics behind that and a tremendous investment in victim care has been built over the years,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.
‘We expect technology to be better at capturing all that digital information to join the dots, recognize patterns and thus prioritize certain investigations in a streamlined, efficient way. more in the future.’
Any fraud will continue to be reported to Action Fraud, or a rebranded unit, which will then determine if it is of sufficient size to refer the investigation to the National Crime Agency or teams. Newly strengthened regional police or not.
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