Interpol, a global police body, is now looking into how it can investigate crimes that take place in the metaverse. According to the BBC, Interpol has created its own virtual reality environment to aid users in training and participating in virtual meetings.
Jurgen Stock, the secretary general of Interpol, stressed the need for the organization to not fall behind because today’s criminals are tech-savvy and seasoned professionals who swiftly adopt any new technology to commit a crime.
Police officers can experience the metaverse through this new virtual reality environment that can only be accessed through secure servers. This will help them have a better understanding of the kind of crimes that might occur and how they might be handled.
When discussing crimes that might occur in the metaverse, Interpol’s innovation and technology head, Dr. Madan Oberoi, noted that there have been instances of sexual harassment in the virtual world. Nevertheless, he continued, applying the notion of crimes that take place in physical space to the metaverse is challenging.
Oberoi continued by stating that one of the significant difficulties Interpol faced was raising awareness of the issues. He suggested that law enforcement authorities educate themselves about the metaverse before trying to assist those who have been injured there.
According to the secretary general of Interpol, the investigation of future Metaverse crimes will be crucial. He continued by saying that because almost all cybercrimes have an international component, it is by nature international crime.