Dial 112 to report cybercrime in Karnataka

By the end of January 2022, citizens of Karnataka will be able to call 112 to report cybercrime 24/7. Currently, the Home Office’s National Cybercrime Reporting Portal (155260) helpline is available between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“We are working on the co-location of 112 with 15520 and render the cybercrime reporting service 24X7. In two months, the people of Karnataka will be able to call 112 to immediately report cybercrime, ”said Director General and Inspector General of Police Praveen Sood. The Hindu.

Mr Sood said that the Karnataka police strongly believe in “CIR (Cyber ​​Information Report) before FIR (First Information Report)”, whereby they want to significantly reduce the time between the offense and its reporting to the police. . “We are bringing a paradigm shift to take a victim-centered approach to cybercrime,” he said.

“Since it is essential to treat a sick patient at the golden hour of cybercrime, it is important to act quickly to stop the transfer of money embezzled by cyber fraud,” Sood said.

As of December 2020, Bengaluru Police has been receiving cybercrime complaints at (phone number) 112. Over the past 11 months, the city police have stopped the transfer of nearly 70 crore yen belonging to around 7,000 people. .

The centralized number (112) is available throughout Karnataka. On average, 60,000 calls are received every day asking for help in the event of a crime, accident or other emergency. Mr Sood said they will begin training staff dealing with 112 on CIR registration shortly.

How the Crime Hotline Works

When people call 155260 (the Union’s Home Office Cybercrime Reporting Portal) to report cybercrime, the details are entered into the portal and immediately shared with the relevant bank which acts to temporarily stop the crime. funds transfer. A unique identifier is then sent as an SMS to the complainant, who uses it to access the portal and provide more details. This information is transmitted to the relevant police station where an FIR is registered.

All Karnataka police stations have been mapped to the portal, Sood said.

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