Cybercrime More Common than Offline Theft

By Phil Muncaster

Cybercrime against UK households is more common today than robbery of theft offenses, according to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures.

The Crime in England and Wales survey (CSEW) is based on survey questions posed mainly to households by the ONS.

It calculated that computer misuse affected 1.8% of the UK population in the year ending September 2018, about the same as violent crime, but more than robbery (0.3%), “theft from the person” (0.8%), and “other theft of personal property” (1.3%).

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