Within a week of a Hindustan Times report on the 207% rise in cybercrime in the city, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the Mumbai police what they would require to crack down on cyber criminals better.
In its November 11 report, HT pointed out that 418 cases had been registered till October this year, while only 136 were registered in the same period last year.
“We received a call from the chief minister. He has asked us to submit our requirements to enhance the capacity building programme we have undertaken to tackle cybercrime,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police (detection) and Mumbai police spokesperson.
The Mumbai police has recognised cybercrime as a crisis area. It said the department is being trained and their capacity is being expanded.
“In the coming years, cybercrime and the application of technology to traditional crimes are expected to rise. More the capacity we create, the better equipped we will be to deal with it,” Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police (crime) had told HT.
Date said training in investigation of cyber offences is being reorganised in each of Mumbai’s 13 zones, so that every police station can effectively deal with such crimes.