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Robberies decrease as cyber crime increases, FBI says

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – According to statistics by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, physical crimes like bank robberies are on the decline, but cyber crimes are taking their place at an alarming rate.

"You rob a house or a business, you risk getting caught," said HGTC Professor Steve Luse. "You may run into somebody with a handgun defending their property."

According to the FBI, there were 5,000 bank robberies in 2011, but that number dropped to 3,870, marking a 23 percent decrease.

Those same statistics are echoed in the Grand Strand, with 23 bank robberies in 2011, compared to only 4 in 2012. However, cyber crime spiked during the year, with the major hacking scandal at the Department of Revenue, as well as increases in Craigslist and tax scams.

"Your network is only as secure as it is right now," Professor Luse said. "Hackers are always looking for ways to break into your system."

Most people in the Grand Strand are aware of the threats of cyber security, but it extends beyond the suspicious email or hacked website. Cyber criminals can hack both personal and business systems fairly easily, because all it takes is one plugged in laptop to give them an opening into your personal data.

"They drive past your home and can see your wireless network is unsecured," Luse said. "You leave your laptop on and boom! They've got all your data."

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