Police provide PR help

Tuesday, 27 May 2003, 4:16 PM EST

The UK's National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) is to help to handle PR for firms that have been the victims of computer crime, in an attempt to encourage more prosecutions.

In December the unit launched a confidentiality charter, which allows companies to report computer crime without fear of public disclosure, but some firms are pulling out of prosecutions just before they go to court, according to John Lyons, crime reduction co-ordinator for the NHTCU.

Lyons said a major reason for this problem is that companies fear bad publicity from prosecutions - so the unit has launched a team dedicated to helping firms manage media relations when dealing with computer crime.

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