Date lodged: 7 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures showing that incidents of financial crime have risen by almost one third in the first quarter of 2018 compared to last year, including a rise of 40.7% in Edinburgh, and how it plans to tackle this rise.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 September 2018
Police Scotland have noted that there has been an increase in online fraud and crimes involving contactless payments. While an operational matter for Police Scotland, I understand that they have made clear that they are investing in resources and equipping officers with the necessary skills to help tackle this growing area of criminality, and working more closely with banks to protect those vulnerable to financial crime.
The Scottish Government continues to support Police Scotland in keeping our communities safe from harm and are protecting the police resource budget in real terms in every year of this Parliament - a boost of £100 million by 2021. We support Police Scotland and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) to work directly with the financial industry to support customer needs and to continually review how to promote secure online banking and effective anti-fraud messaging.
It should be noted that Police Scotland's management information report makes clear these are provisional statistics drawn from a live operational database - they are not validated National Statistics on recorded crime. The Scottish Government will published the validated 2017-18 National Statistics on 25 September 2018. The full year figures for 2018-19 will follow one year later.