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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Using ICT to Fight Crime - A Case of Africa

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Author Henry Osborn Quarshie
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 21-24
Volume No. 5
Issue No. 1
Issue Date January 31, 2014
Publishing Date January 31, 2014
Keywords ICT, crime, Africa.


Abstract

The scale of crime represents a considerable challenge to law enforcement agencies in Africa. with so much of our everyday communication and commercial activity now taking place via the Internet, the threat from crime is increasing, targeting citizens, businesses and governments at a rapidly growing rate in Africa. Criminals in Africa have gone high tech in their activities. They use the ICT to break into peoples bank accounts, withdraw money from peoples account and track movement of people and rob them. The aim of the study was to assess the ICT tools available to law enforcement institution to fighting crime in Africa. The study revealed the police in developed countries have developed ICT methods of crime detection and combat. Legislation has also been updated to allow the police to gather evidence on criminal activity carried out via the internet but Africa is yet to take advantage of ICT in fighting crime. ICT tools such as CCTV technology, tracking technology, social media and mobile phone are efficient in fighting crime. These are now everyday technology. Information is the key word in crime detection and this information must be accurate and easily available. ICT has a huge role to play in this. For Africa to succeed in the fight against crime it needs a comprehensive adoption of ICT.
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