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RGP faces tech crime challenge

Police investigators now face an increasingly complex modern-day challenge created by criminals using technology for illicit purposes.

The growth of technology over the past decade has resulted in increased usage of devices in all types of crime - from minor offences such as insulting words to serious crimes of child abuse and missing persons.

It is a complex process to gather the information from mobiles, laptops and other devices and the Royal Gibraltar Police has invested in expensive forensics equipment that costs upwards of £20,000, Inspector Paul Chipolina told the Chronicle.

According to Mr Chipolina technology is now pivotal in many investigations and has even resulted in new forms of crime.

But the investigative work is marred with the intricacies of different operation systems, manufacturers and models.

“With a seemingly ever-increasing storage capacity, these devices can be warehouses of information about our daily lives,” Mr Chipolina said.

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