Timely Reporting of Cyber Crimes: A Crucial Necessity

Timely Reporting of Cyber Crimes: A Crucial Necessity

The Rise of Electronic Crimes

In recent years, the rise of technology and the internet has brought about a new wave of criminal activity. Electronic attacks have become increasingly common in today’s world, with individuals facing a range of digital threats such as defamation of reputation, insults, electronic defamation, blackmail, threats, theft or deletion of data, impersonation, and many others.

The impact of these crimes can be devastating, with victims often experiencing emotional distress, financial loss, and reputational damage. In response to this growing trend, it is essential that individuals take steps to protect themselves and report any incidents of electronic crime as soon as possible.

Immediate Reporting

If you suspect that you have been a victim of electronic crime, it is crucial that you report the incident immediately. This means gathering all necessary evidence such as screenshots and saving them in an electronic file to be submitted to the Cybercrime Department. It is also important to ensure that the device in which the crime was committed is prepared for matching in the Criminal Laboratory Department.

Reporting the crime in a timely manner is crucial, as delays can result in the loss of vital evidence. It is recommended that individuals report the crime within 48 hours, unless special or exceptional circumstances arise. This will not only help to ensure that all necessary evidence is collected, but also demonstrate your commitment to cooperating with the authorities.

When reporting the crime, it is important to submit the electronic report legally within 90 days, as it is subject to the statute of limitations. Failure to report the crime within this timeframe can result in the case being dismissed, leaving the victim without any recourse for justice.

Protect Yourself from Future Attacks

In addition to reporting the crime, it is also important to take steps to protect yourself from future attacks. This may include changing your passwords, increasing your online security measures, and being cautious when sharing personal information online.

Overall, electronic crime is a serious threat that requires a proactive response. By reporting incidents of electronic crime as soon as possible, individuals can help to protect themselves and contribute to the fight against digital criminal activity.

Mahmood specialises in wide range of criminal matters. He is also the author of “Organized Crimes” published by Dar Alnahda Al Arabia Egypt and Dar Al Nahda Alelmiya UAE in 2018. The book is also available at Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Dubai Courts Library and Public Prosecution Library.

For queries related to cybercrimes, please contact Mahmood directly.

Mahmood Shakir Al Mashhadani
Senior Associate