Disclosure Details

Digital Fraud & Cyber Crime - 841/12

Dated: 13 Nov 2012

Date of request:   29/10/2012

Date of response:   12/11/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 29 October 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

For the last 3 calendar years:-

  1. How how many people in the area covered by Newcastle Area Command were victims of digital fraud and/or cyber crime.  Could you please give details of the types of fraud and/or cyber crime that have taken place in this time.

  2. How much money and police resources are used to combat digital fraud and cyber crime by Northumbria Police.

For clarification purposes, I am seeking information on fraud crimes committed on the internet only.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. The information in this FOI is based on the number of Cyber fraud crimes (all other crime types have been excluded) recorded by Northumbria Police for the last three calendar years in the Newcastle Area Command area.

Offence Type 2009 2010 2011
Make false statement to obtain insurance certificate 1 0 0
Fraud by false representation 10 19 27

No information held. The force does not have a separate budget, nor collates costs incurred, specifically for  digital fraud and cyber crime.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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