In the first nine months of 2021, there were already as many cybercrime reports as in the whole of 2020. There is again a strong increase in the cybercrime figures, while cybercrime already increased strongly in 2020 due to corona measures.
Cybercrime continues to grow
Crimes such as friend-in-emergency fraud, phishing or hacks are increasingly being reported to the police. For example, in the first nine months of 2021, 10,623 cybercrimes were already registered with the police. In comparison: in the whole of 2020, there were 10,770.
In the first three quarters, 35.1% more reports of cybercrime were made than in the same period last year. Only in May 2020 were more reports of cybercrimes than in the same month of this year. In the other months, the increase was on average 62.7%.
Most cybercrime victims in North Holland and Drenthe
The number of reports increased the most in Gelderland, with the number of reports almost doubling compared to 2020 (+95.3%). Compared to 2019, the digital crime figures have even increased eightfold. In Overijssel and Utrecht, cybercrime also increased strongly in one year (+64.6% and +65.7% respectively).
Despite the strong increases in other provinces, most cybercrime victims are in North Holland. In 2021, a digital crime has already been reported 2,743 times in this province. Many cases of cybercrime are also known in Gelderland: 1,459 reports.
Cybercrime has at least doubled in 21% of municipalities
In 21% of all municipalities, the number of cybercrime reports has at least doubled. This increase is strongest in Elburg, from 1 report in 2020 to 10 in 2021. Also in Zwolle – where a total of 45 reports were made in 2020 – there was a strong increase of +224.4% (146 reports).
More cybercrimes than burglaries in one in three municipalities
Cybercrimes are taking the upper hand in an increasingly large part of the Netherlands. In 32.1% of all municipalities, a digital crime is reported to the police more often than a burglary. This is especially true for the northern provinces.
The difference is greatest in Dalfsen. There were four burglaries and 34 reports of cybercrime in the first nine months of this year. The difference is also large in Waalwijk: 25 burglaries and 79 cybercrimes.
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