A top British police officer offered a new punishment for cyber crimes: Instead of sending them to jail, block their internet access.
This would require wrist- or ankle-bound jammers that blocked internet signals, The Telegraph reports.
Gavin Thomas, president of the Police Superintendents' Association, made this remark as traditional crime is falling while cybercrime now accounts for about 40 percent of crimes in the U.K.
We have got to stop using 19th-century punishments to deal with 21st-century crimes.
Thomas said that while jailing criminals makes people "feel good about themselves," many offenders commit more crimes after being jailed. He proposed the wifi jammers as an alternate solution. Basic models are relatively cheap, The Telegraph reports.
Thats actually a hilariously brilliant idea, but how do you keep them from jamming their neighbors?— In Solidarity (@TheEnginseer) January 7, 2017
Some observers liked the idea, but saw some apparent flaws.
try prison without the frills, no access to Internet and loss of liberty - that's the right solution— Mark (@marcusorrilious) January 8, 2017
Others thought it was too kind on offenders.