South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has added his support to a new campaign to help communities spot the signs of cyber crime, speak up and help keep others safe.
Crimestoppers and Abri have teamed up to inform communities of the signs to spot in relation to cyber crime and how to securely report information.
Cyber crime comes in many different forms, such as hacking, phishing and the use of malicious software, often causing victims and businesses great financial hardship, disruption, and distress.
Dr Billings said: “Cyber crime takes many forms and can leave victims feeling incredibly vulnerable and not knowing if they should report it and if so, to whom.
“Criminals often see the vulnerable and elderly as easy targets for their offending, but this type of crime can happen to any of us at any time and can leave victims feeling embarrassed and reluctant to report incidents to the police or even tell their family or friends.
“I make clear in my Police and Crime Plan that I need South Yorkshire’s force to be pro-active with my office and other organisations in highlighting the dangers of cyber crime to both businesses and the public.
“We all need to work together to protect ourselves and prevent crimes occurring in the first place.”
If you’ve seen or suspect crime and don’t want to speak to the police, you can tell Crimestoppers on the phone on 0800 555 111 and online, anonymously.