Cyber crimes such as credit card fraud and identity theft cost the U.S. approximately $8 billion annually. However, East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department now has the tools necessary to combat the growing rate of cyber crimes plaguing citizens.
Officer Jeff DeJonge was among a small number of officers across the country selected for a five-week intensive training program conducted by the United States Secret Service.
After finishing the program, DeJonge received a case of devices and three computers specifically designed to help seek out cyber criminals.
As more and more of the world relies on credit cards and digital shopping, police departments across the country are becoming increasingly focused on preventing and combating these crimes.
Sending a single officer to the course would cost the city approximately $75,000, but it would seem that this is an issue that concerns the government on a national level as well.
Fortunately, the federal government covered the cost for all officers attending this particular training session.
However, the five-week training course isn’t the only method of combating cyber crimes like fraud.
Oberthur Technologies, a UK-based company, is currently attempting to bring a new type of credit card to the market that would replace the static printed three-digit security code on the back of the card with a mini screen, which displays a random code that changes automatically every hour.
The card is powered by a thin lithium battery designed with a lifespan of three years.
According to Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert from Surrey University, the technology has existed for a while.
“In some ways, it’s surprising it has taken so long for this to appear,” he said.
He noted that although the technology is there and that this would increase card security, being unable to memorize the security code may be a drawback for some buyers.
Nevertheless, it’s apparent that the world understands just how much of a threat cyber crime is. The more ways there are to fight it, the better.
For the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department, the fight begins with their new equipment.
Now, the department can track and potentially solve crimes like credit card fraud, child pornography, and online threats without tapping into outside resources.