The Future of Crime

Bear with me when I tell you that some dickheads have been calling 2013 the "year of the tablet". (In the lead up to Christmas, one shop chain reckoned it was shifting one every second). In truth, the year won't be defined by technology, it'll be defined by blood; though technology will help.

iPads, Kindles and Google Nexus 7s won't own this or any year until people start a riot or bring down a government with them. Don't make me tell you about the Arab Spring and Twitter or the UK's BBM themed riots. Technology doesn’t cause crime in any straightforward sense, but it almost always helps. Just ask the cyber-criminals who stole an estimated $2 billion (£1.2 billion) – that's two billion dollars – last year when they successfully pulled off the largest bank robbery in history from behind their computers. Oh wait, you can’t, because we still have no idea who they are.

Meanwhile, ATM fraud is evolving so quickly that the banks can barely keep up with the fraudsters who are 3D-printing credit card skimmers that look exactly like anti-skimming devices. Even good old fashioned grand theft auto is going digital: car thieves have started hacking push-to-start BMWs. So how is the future going to help make Britain’s criminal underworld even richer?