For dedicated information, advice and links to support and reporting services if you are affected by cyber crime, please visit our companion site Cyber Safe Warwickshire.
What is Cyber Crime?
Locally, cyber crime is viewed as any crime committed, in full or in part, via a computer, network, or another computer enabled device.
In order to address a priority of both the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board to reduce cyber crime, two Cyber Crime Advisors were recruited to Warwickshire County Council using funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in April 2016.
Cyber Safe Warwickshire Partnership
Warwickshire has a dedicated partnership to respond to the evolving threat of cyber crime, which aims to:
empower the communities we serve, to be safe and secure in a digital world
The aim of the partnership is achieved through the monitoring of the Cyber Safe Warwickshire Partnership Action Plan, which is divided into four key objectives, based on the 4 P’s:
- Protecting businesses and the public from cyber crime
- Preparing businesses and the public for post event resilience
- Preventing people from becoming cyber criminals
- Pursuing organised criminals by prosecution and disruption.
The Cyber Safe Annual Achievements Report has been created to highlight some of the key work areas from partnership members, covering the year April 2018 to March 2019.
To access our e-learning modules, please visit http://warwickshire.learningpool.com/
This e-learning encourages users to become more aware of the risks which occur online. With Cyber Crime now the biggest crime in the UK, it is important to be aware of how we can all reduce our risk in our personal lives. Completing this module will give you an understanding of what Cyber Crime is, the multitude of risks experienced online, and information on how to minimise these in your personal life. In addition to this, advice and support resources will be signposted to throughout.
For more information on how to access this e-learning, please visit https://safeinwarwickshire.com/elearning/.
Warwickshire Cyber Crime Survey 2017
Last year, a new cyber crime survey was being co-ordinated by the Warwickshire Insight Service and asked people to share their experiences of online crime through a series of questions.
This survey sought to examine how the picture has changed across Warwickshire over the past 12 months and whether residents are more aware of the dangers that can be posed online and the things that they are able to do to minimise these risks.
The survey also ran across West Mercia, West Midlands and Staffordshire policing areas which will allow us to assess the scale of the problem across a wider region.
The headline analysis of the Warwickshire results can be found here.
The key findings from the survey suggested that:
- At least £8.8 million has been lost by Warwickshire adults as a result of cyber crime.
- There have been nearly 15,000 successful phishing scams in the last 12 months.
- 9,900 residents have been victim of identity fraud.
- 30,000 have fallen victim to a virus or malware based attack.
- There have been over 6,000 online hate crimes.
- 5,500 have been a victim of an online romance scam.
- 12% of residents are not confident that they know how to protect themselves online.
- 59% feel at risk online.
Cyber Crime Advisor Posts
Two Cyber Crime Advisors were recruited to Warwickshire County Council using funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Cyber Crime Advisors will be responsible for delivering the Warwickshire Cyber Crime Action Plan on behalf of Warwickshire community safety partners. Their work will be countywide, with a focus on delivering initiatives to prevent and reduce risk of harm from cyber crimes to individuals. By mapping the scope of the issues across Warwickshire, the Advisors will be able to establish the key messages for various groups of residents, in order to successfully raise the awareness of cyber crime. Some initiatives to achieve these goals include the training of Victim Support Cyber Champions, who will be able to offer practical as well as emotional support to any victim of Cyber Crime.
Cyber Champions Schemes
Work is also being conducted to train young people across the county as Youth Champions. These individuals will be able to assist peers and family with any cyber issue they may experience, and have the knowledge of what relevant advice to give, and where they can signpost individuals too. Currently, Police Cadets and youth clubs in the county have been trained to Youth Champion certification.
We are always on the look out for members of the community of all ages and backgrounds (whether a cyber novice or expert) to become Champions. There is no formal requirement on our Champions to do anything, but some examples of what you can do include:
– giving advice to a friend or family
– sharing articles on social media about how to keep safe
– help educate groups you work with on cyber crime
If you are interested in becoming a Cyber Champion, or to learn more about it, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Online Radicalisation Training
The Advisors are also working alongside the Prevent Officer to deliver a session to parents and youth professionals around the role of online activity in the radicalisation process for extremist groups. For more information, and to book on to this training, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In initiating these ventures, in conjunction with other projects, advice can be given to the public to reduce their risk of becoming victims of cyber crime, and to stay safe while online, thanks to the funding of the PCC for these posts.
If you are living or working in Warwickshire, and would like to have a training session delivered by the Cyber Crime Advisors, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
All training delivered is free, and the team can cover any aspect of online safety and cyber crime relevant to your work fields or areas of interest.
For more information about cyber crime take a look at Cyber Safe Warwickshire and to find out more about the work taking place in Warwickshire email the Cyber Crime Advisors on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For dedicated information, advice and links to support and reporting services if you are affected by cyber crime, please visit our companion site, Cyber Safe Warwickshire.
Cyber Crime Reporting
The non-emergency Police number (101) can be used to report certain types of online crimes (bullying, harassment, hate crime, revenge porn, stalking), or if there is a threat of physical harm.
Action Fraud should be contacted for any fraud or scam an individual falls victim to.
Warwickshire Trading Standards can be contacted for any consumer related cyber crime.
Crimestoppers can be used to report any cyber crime anonymously.
Report Hate Now can be used to report Hate Crime, whether it takes place online or offline. The site can be used to report to the Police and/or the Hate Crime Partnership.
Further information about where you can report specific cyber crimes can be found on the Cyber Safe Warwickshire website.
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. Their website offers advice on how you can protect yourself, your computers and devices, and your business against the likes of fraud, identity theft, viruses and other potential online problems.
Internet Matters is a site for parents and professionals to stay up to date on the latest apps used by young people, and issues relating to these. It also provides a service where you can get a simple step-by-step guide to implementing age appropriate parental controls on specific devices in your home.
AgeUK offer advice to older people about online safety, particularly focussing on consumer advice to stay safe when shopping online, holiday fraud, and other scams which are targeted to older individuals. The site also contains general information about how to stay safe online.
Support If You Are Affected By Cyber Crime
Victim Support offers support for victims of any crime, including Cyber Crime.
You&Co is Victim Support’s youth programme where young people can seek help and advice on all crime related issues.
The Revenge Porn Helpline gives advice for revenge porn victims. It is also important to report Revenge Porn to the Police.
The National Stalking Helpline offers advice and support for stalking victims.
Warwickshire CSE Something’s Not Right is Warwickshire’s campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The campaign has been developed by Warwickshire’s multi-agency sexual exploitation team; for more information on who is involved click here.
Warwickshire Cyber Scam Updates
With Cyber Crime, it is highly important to keep up to date with the latest scams. This monthly update highlights the biggest online safety concerns affecting Warwickshire residents.