Letter - Taming the ‘wild west’

EVERY week we are reading of more and more crimes being carried out by using the state-of-the-art, modern technology computer and its side effects.

Sir Norman Bettison calls the internet ‘the wild west’ with the sheriff and hundreds of deputies, the police, trying to lasso and corral the bandits.

We then read it is costing local authorities thousands of pounds trying to stop cyber attacks stealing confidential files plus the side effects, viruses.

Should we be employing John Wayne, Flash Gordon and Dr Who to help our overstretched police force?

John Wayne to tame the wild west, Flash Gordon to police cyber space and Dr Who to cure the viruses.

Surely this has now gone beyond a joke when more and more crimes are being committed daily, and all from the comfort of an armchair.

The Dandy and the Beano couldn’t produce as many laughs as IT does but they only cost a few coppers, not billions of pounds.

Reading further, we see supermarkets are losing millions of pounds through shoplifting.

And all this is in the age of big brother with his all seeing eyes - CCTV.

Where are the security staff? Do these thefts increase prices for regular customers?

Inventors of the past must be turning in their graves, such as Alexander Graham Bell and Logie Baird, when they see the monster that has been derived from their basic ideas.

Technology or kidology?

James Anthony Bulmer

Peel Street, Horbury