NEW DELHI: Cyber crime will be the focus for Delhi Police in . It will set up a ‘cyber range’ to train officers through simulated cyber crime situations. A group of men from every police station, who are familiar with computer operations, will be trained to deal with cases of cyber crimes in this ‘range’.

The force will give priority to cases related to crypto-currency, ethical hacking and detecting frauds through IP locations. Police commissioner Amulya Patanaik said the app to report property thefts registered 1,25,060 e-FIRs while the flagship SOS application, Himmat Plus, was downloaded by 65,989 users in and 45,534 registered themselves on it.

Special commissioner (special cell) M M Oberoi said the cyber cell would also be restructured for proactive actions this year. “A website on cyber safety has been launched to have pro-active communications with citizens and a responsive cyber crime reporting mechanism for the victims. It also has an dos and don’ts section for elderly and non-tech savvy netizens,” he said. also plan to set up a cyber threat analysis section, awareness section and an in-house cyber forensic segment in the revamped unit.

The unit will collect memory forensics from mobile phones and disposed memory cards, and recover from damaged hard disks. It will also track data that has been released on networks, analyse crypto currency frauds and have facilities for malware forensics. Its investigation unit will be equipped with advanced detection tools along with an information and command centre that will be connected with national cyber crime investigation units.

A wide range of digital applications for reporting crimes, complaints and emergency showed a further increase in the user base in 2018. Himmat Plus, relaunched in February with bilingual features, is being further transformed into a utility application with Delhi Police’s Twitter and Facebook profiles being linked to it for prompt communication. The mobile application allowing easy registration of senior citizens to help them reach their beat officers has been downloaded 12,561 times, while the online character verification report system has issued 1,54,775 certificates.

Data also shows that 84,45,001 lost reports have been generated by instantly reporting loss of important documents such as passport and driving licence on the lost report application. A digitally signed report is given to the user that can be used for re-issuing fresh documents. The department has registered 3,02,688 FIRs through its property theft app.

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