AIM: Coordinated efforts by police and partner agencies to improve public awareness of measures to protect themselves from cyber crime, particularly targeting those most at risk (such as those at either end of the age spectrum).
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
- We provided over £213,000 of funding to organisations across the Thames Valley to raise awareness and provide training on cyber crime. This included £50,000 to develop a play to be delivered to primary school students.
- The cyber crime play has been shown to 3,000 students aged 9 - 11 years old across 60 schools in Oxfordshire and toured Buckinghamshire in September and October and Berkshire in November and December 2018
Thames Valley Police
- The Economic Crime Unit, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and Santander, has delivered a fraud protection programme to prevent young people becoming money mules. The social media programme was seen by around 63,000 people and there has been around 1,300 face to face visits to their stalls.
- Aylesbury Local Policing Area are running a pilot with Neighbourhood Watch to utilise volunteers who will be offering fraud prevention advice to the elderly.
- The Aylesbury Police Cadet group has received a Local Police Area Commander's Commendation for their anti-burglary PROTECT and Cyber Crime prevention work with the elderly.
- Thames Valley Alerts has been utilised to identify potential areas of cybercrime victim for target hardening and communication.
- A national initiative, Operation Signature was launched in November 2018 within the force to safeguard victims of financial abuse. This includes preventing people becoming victims of fraud and helping to stop victims being repeatedly targeted.
- The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit has spoken to more than 6,500 people from over 2000 organisations, providing Cyber Protect & Prevent advice. A national social media campaign reached more than 2 million people with cyber protect and prevent messages. The team has also worked with TeenTech, an organisation that encourages teenagers to take up a career in science, engineering or technology, to develop a package teaching the positive and ethical use of computers. More than 4000 teachers and professionals working with young people have been provided with advice to remove the risk of children offending.