'Cybercrimes a major challenge to authorities'

Majority of crimes are carried out electronically, according to the latest statistics.

Dr Mohamed Al Kamali, Director-General, UAE Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, was quoted by 'Al Khaleej' newspaper as saying that Abu Dhabi Police record shows about 70 per cent of crimes in the past six months were conducted using technical information.

However, Dr Kamali said, the UAE has the lowest rate of piracy in the region. It is also  below most European countries including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and others in piracy.

“Cybercrime is a major challenge to law enforcement departments - police, prosecutors and judiciary - in terms of detection as well as to pinpoint pretrators,” Dr Kamali said.

The UAE has made great strides in training police in handling and investigating such crimes.

Similarly, 80 per cent of robberies and thefts of banks in the US since 1992 have been electronic in nature, he added.

He was speaking at a seminar organised to discuss procedures in the investigation of IT-related crimes convened by the institute, under the auspices of Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute.

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