Sussex Police have welcomed the Home Office Cyber Street campaign launched last week and aimed at preventing on line crime
In February the force is also launching a further campaign focusing on how people in Sussex can protect themselves online.
Activities will include a live event for young people and a month of internet safety awareness in schools to reinforce existing educational packages. To support members of the public who need advice and support with safe social media and internet use, officers will be given updated guidance on social media law, and information on the Sussex Police website will help computer users find out how to improve their security settings.
Online crime is a growing issue and many internet users are unaware of the risks. It can take many forms including credit card fraud, online harassment and identity theft, and have a serious impact on people’s lives.
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Fowler said, “Businesses and individuals lose millions of pounds each year to online fraud. We see cases in Sussex where the actions of fraudsters can have a devastating impact for victims.
“Sometimes the most basic steps, such as checking your security settings and using virus software, can protect you from becoming a victim.
“The Home Office Cyber Street campaign encourages the public to think about how they can use the internet safely. We urge Internet users to visit www.cyberstreetwise.com to find out more about how they can protect themselves.”
The Hi-Tech Crime Unit in Sussex Police has certainly seen a steady increase in the number of devices including mobile phones, computers and other storage devices, which we investigate. In 2013 we examined just under 4000, whereas in 2012 it was 3500. This is due to continual advances in technology and ways in which it can be used for all types of crime including domestic abuse, harassment, burglary and robbery as well as fraud.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said, “I welcome the Home Office’s increased interest and proactive work around cyber crime. Nationally and locally it is probably the country’s biggest single crime threat, affecting thousands of businesses and individuals across the UK.
“I am looking forward to being involved in many of the activities that Sussex Police has planned over the coming months as part of their cyber crime campaign. On a national level, I sit on the board of the College of Policing and I am delighted that they will be providing cyber crime training to 5,000 police officers between now and 2015.”
Further details of events, including a live broadcast for young people on Safer Internet Day, 11 February, will be publicised on the Sussex Police website.
For information on web safety visit www.sussex.police.uk/policing-in-sussex/your-community