Police: Online crimes have risen more than three times in the past year
Online crimes have more than trebled in the past year, the police said today as they released the crime statistics for last year.
Cheating involving e-commerce cases increased by 1,149 cases, to 1,659 cases last year, an increase of 225.3 per cent.
This was likely due to an increase in people using online shopping facilities, the police said.
Multiple payment online purchase scams and phone PayPal email scams also increased by 236 per cent and 1,256 per cent respectively.
Youth crimes also increased with 3,094 youths arrested last year, up from 3,031 in 2013.
Of this, 322 youths were arrested for rioting and 805 for shop theft.
Rape cases up
The number of statutory rape cases also increased by 29 per cent to 66 cases.
This where someone has consensual sex with a female below 14. Most of the offenders were youths.
Encouragingly, the number of housebreaking and related crimes, and crimes involving unlicensed moneylending (UML) harassment decreased.
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