Even as the amount of internet crime has ballooned in Kansas, state investigators have had few resources for combating theft in the digital era.
Since 2012, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has focused its efforts on major crimes, children-related crimes, public corruption and drug- or organized-crime cases.
Largely lost among the priorities were cyber and financial crimes, which have climbed by an estimated 25% since 2014, according to federal data. The reason for the shift in focus: reduced staffing to cover increasing operating costs.
"Unfortunately, we have no capacity whatsoever to respond to, prevent or investigate any of . . .