Is the internet being effectively policed?

20 October 2014

This meeting took place on 21 October 2014. Read the transcript here.

Londoners are being robbed of millions of pounds a year through bank, credit card and other online frauds but these thefts are not being recorded in official crime statistics [1].

The inclusion of bank and credit card frauds in the annual Crime Survey for England and Wales would increase the estimated number of annual offences nationally by 50 per cent, taking the overall crime total from 7.3 million to 11 million a year [2].

The London Assembly Online Crime Working Group will tomorrow begin its examination of the extent of cyber-fraud in London.

The investigation will look at the performance of the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in addressing the growth in such online crimes. It will examine the establishment of the Met’s new Fraud and Linked Crime Online (FALCON) command and levels of reporting and public awareness of cyber-fraud.

The working group will question the following guests:

Professor Marian Fitzgerald, University of Kent

Professor Mark Button, University of Portsmouth

Simon Dukes, Chief Executive Officer, CIFAS (The UK’s Fraud Prevention Service)

A further meeting on 27 November will question guests including representatives from the Met and MOPAC.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 21 October from 10 am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

Fraud and cybercrime are currently excluded from the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Crime in England and Wales: Year ending June 2014

Full agenda papers.

The Online Crime Working Group has been established by the Police and Crime Committee which is responsible for examining the activities of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and investigating matters it considers to be of importance to policing and crime reduction in London.

Police and Crime Committee is responsible for examining the activities of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and investigating matters it considers to be of importance to policing and crime reduction in London.

The Police and Crime Committee is established under s32 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.