New campaign tackles cybercrime

This is a message sent via eCops. This information has been sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Throughout October the force’s Get Closer campaign will be focussing on tackling cybercrime and we need your help in raising awareness of the issue.

Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing criminal activities across the world and covers a huge range of illegal activity including financial scams, computer hacking, downloading pornographic images from the internet, virus attacks, stalking, harassment, cyber bullying and more. The campaign will be split into four themes across the month, the first will be reaching out to parents with young children and talking about staying safe online and the second will be demonstrating how to keep yourself from becoming a victim of online fraud.

The force has been working closely with Peterborough Regional College to produce messaging around internet safety, cyber bullying and sexting and the final week will be working with small businesses and making sure they know how to prevent their business from being targeted.

I would strongly encourage you to refer to the new cybercrime section on our website as it gives vital information which could prevent you and your family from becoming a victim of this type of crime.
You can see the new pages here.
If you suspect cybercrime is happening around you, whether it may be where you live, work, socialise, please report it to us by calling 101, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please feel free to get in touch with myself about matters relating to this message.

Kind regards,
Lauren Alexander
Cambridgeshire Constabulary Communications Officer

And a further notice

Cambridgeshire victims of crime to get enhanced service

Dear subscriber,

We have launched a new police-led Victims’ Hub which, from October 1, will be offering support to victims of crime in Cambridgeshire to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime they have experienced.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary is one of seven forces leading the way nationally to provide a local service for victims from which a range of support can be accessed. Victims of crime will be assessed to determine the level of support they need and then helped in the most appropriate way, bringing in specialist services as required.

Funding for this service passed from the Ministry for Justice to Police and Crime Commissioners this month, enabling a far more locally driven provision for victims of crime to be created. All other Constabularies will have to put in place local services to support victims of crime from April next year.

Sir Graham Bright, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, said: “I have long been a believer that the commissioning of support services for the victims of crime is best done at a local, rather than a national, level. By involving local people with local knowledge we are able to develop local solutions which provide the victims with the level of support they need.

“This integrated service allows us to quickly assess the needs of individuals and co-ordinate the delivery of the right services from across a range of agencies – particularly important for the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Victims’ Hub, which is staffed by a team of victim care co-ordinators, will be led by Steve Welby, who says: “The impact of crime on victims can vary from person to person. This new service will allow support to be offered to those people with the most need.

“This will lead to greater confidence and satisfaction throughout the whole process, from reporting a crime through to attending court and beyond.

“The victim care co-ordinators will have local knowledge of what is available within the county. They will also be able to identify any gaps in service to inform future commissioning.”

He added: “The Victims’ Hub reflects our aim to keep the victim at the heart of our service. It is part of the force’s wider priorities to protect those most at risk, and to comply with the Victim’s Code and the EU directive 29/12 which establishes the minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.”

Further information visit the Victims’ Hub website

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