Posted on 24th November 2016
Officers from Derbyshire police have been at the University of Derby today (Thursday, November 24) to help students stay safe online.
As part of the Protect Yourself Online initiative PCSOs Jenny Sadler and Brendon Middleton-Rees have been speaking to students to advise them about the steps that they can take to protect themselves from cybercrime.
PCSO Sadler from the Mackworth Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It is easy to assume that the younger generation are a lot more computer savvy and they would be more aware of the dangers of cybercrime. However we have spoken to many students here at the university who have not been aware of many of the things that they could do to keep themselves safe.
“At this time of year especially, many of us will be doing our shopping on-line and so criminals will also be targeting victims by offering deals that seem too good to miss.”
Sam Kin (pictured on the right speaking to PCSO Middleton-Rees) is a 19 year-old international student from Kenya, he said: ”It was really interesting and brought to my attention a few things that I have never really paid attention to. It’s definitely something we should be more careful of.”
Vlad Kharkov (pictured on the left speaking to PCSO Middleton-Rees) is a 20 year-old international student from Austria who said: “I study computer science and so I am aware of these issues but many people do not know about the dangers and so this is a good thing to do.”
Residents across Derbyshire are also invited to log online and put their cyber safety and online shopping questions to the experts in an upcoming virtual surgery.
The online surgery will be hosted on the Derbyshire Constabulary website to give people the opportunity to speak to top cops and online experts about any online issues.
Officers from the Digital Media Investigation Unit will be joined by the force’s Digital PCSO, Shevani Raichura, to answer any questions, offer cyber safety advice and also offer further online support.
Web users are encouraged to visit the police site between 12noon and 1pm on Wednesday, November 30 to have their questions answered.
For cybercrime prevention advice, information and support, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online Cyberhub at www.derbyshire.police.uk/cybercrime and follow our Digital PCSO on Twitter: @DigitalPCSO
To find out more about events in your area call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, or send them a message using the Contact Us section of our website here..