Cyber crime

What we said

We said we would

  • Enhance understanding of cyber-crime through working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, and apply proactive intelligence and prevention strategies to address it.
  • Improve our capability to tackle cyber-crime by training our frontline staff (including call centre and front desk staff) to recognise cyber-related reports of crime to enhance intelligence and evidence gathering.
  • Train our officers in the skills necessary to investigate cyber-crime effectively.
  • Embed tackling cyber-crime into core community policing.
  • Be flexible across geographical boundaries.
  • Support our residents, businesses and workers to protect themselves against the risk from cyber-crime.
  • Intervene to stop our community from being drawn into low level cyber-crime, including online purchases through criminal websites.
  • Develop techniques to identify and disrupt ongoing cyber-crime impacting on the City of London.
  • Ensure victims affected by cyber-crime receive the support they need.

What we did

We have

  • Identified cases which have involved cyber criminality and made early arrests to prevent ongoing harm.
  • Conducted cyber-related investigations into corporate espionage and Bitcoin mining.
  • Made arrests in connection with hacking, corporate espionage and investigated offences connected to computer misuse and bitcoin mining.
  • Delivered events to partners to raise awareness of personal cyber security.
  • Worked with partners and businesses in the City of London to assess vulnerabilities associated with the ICT systems.
  • Delivered awareness training to schools and businesses to raise awareness of cyber bullying and encourage its reporting.
  • Identified and utilised an innovative training exercise to improve business awareness and capability associated with cyber criminality.
  • Tested our own vulnerability to cyber attack.


  • The number of cyber-crime referrals to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has increased 8 fold over the past two years, from 15 in 2015/16 to 129 in 2017/18 (61 referrals in 2016/17), indicating that awareness of this area of criminality is improving.
  • 100% referrals of cyber-crime to the City of London Police National Fraud Intelligence Bureau are currently investigated.
  • This is an area where we would expect to see a rise in reported incidents, due principally to the increase in awareness outlined above, and as a type of criminality, it is constantly evolving and being exploited on a global scale.