This means that residents lose about Rs 15 lakh per day on an average and Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore per month to cybercrime. The recovery rate for this money, however, is only around 4%. Police have a long way to go to match the success rate of Telangana, which has a recovery rate of 20%. The country’s average recovery rate is 7%.
Around 11,440 cyber fraud complaints were received on the police cyber helpline between January and August 2022, which increased to 12,241 in the same period this year.
Police commissioner Vikas Arora said, “We are conducting regular meetings to come up with effective measures to fight against cybercrime. A team of senior officials recently went to Hyderabad to understand the logistical approach of the Telangana model.”
DCP (headquarters) Deepak Gahalawat said unlike Gurgaon, Telangana has a more preventive approach to tackling the problem. “Our city has similar potential but there are many loopholes that need to be addressed. Telangana takes preventive measures that focus more on the root of the problem, which ultimately enables the police to freeze the financial transaction before the money gets transferred to the criminal’s bank account,” he said.
The Telangana State Police Centre of Excellence for Cyber Safety has introduced several initiatives to combat cybercrime. Its investigative operating wing is responsible for collecting and storing data related to cybercrimes, which is analysed by highly-skilled analysts and cybersecurity experts.
The cyber tactical unit, the operational arm of the Telangana model, receives intelligence from the operating wing and takes quick action to probe and address the cyber threats.
Gurgaon lacks centralised coordination to set up a data collection and analytical system, because most complaints are spread across various sources, the DCP said. “This is because of a lack of skilled personnel and technological assistance. We are looking forward to adopting a proactive approach in preventing cybercrime. We will soon set up a system based on data through behavioural patterns of cybercriminals. Also, two ‘cyber warriors’’ each will be deployed in the city’s four Cyber police stations,” Gahalawat said.