Economic Crime Unit to provide expert crime prevention advice at Cheshire Oaks Date published: 30th June 2017 11.53am

Cheshire Economic Crime Unit is providing a unique opportunity for the community of Cheshire to speak in person with professionals from the banking industry, online security, parental and child online safety, fraud and scams.

This event comes in response to the rising number of cybercrime cases across Cheshire and the UK. According to Action Fraud from UK crime reporting information they have identified that between October 2016-March 2017, 345,807 persons have been subject of fraud losing an estimated £1.7 billion.

This two-day event will take place on July 7 and 8 between 9am and 4pm at Cheshire Oaks. The 'pop-up shop' is in response to the rise from fraud and cyber enabled crime and has been designed to guide the public on how to stay safe online and draw attention to the risks associated with internet use.

Members of the public will be able to join experts from the Constabulary and the private industry who will provide easy to follow, impartial and free, online safety advice, while raising awareness of the simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves online.

Detective Sergeant Brian Faint, Of Cheshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: "These latest figures show the scale and impact that online crime is having on individuals and businesses across Cheshire. By hosting this campaign at Cheshire Oaks, we hope to raise awareness of online crime in the region and highlight the basic steps people in Cheshire can take to avoid becoming victims of online fraud.

"As people continue to be affected by online crime, it is so important that we provide safety advice to the public so they can prevent being affected by this growing crime. The event is about highlighting the real risk to the public, and giving them advice personal to them.

“I would like to thank all contributors to this two-day event, which without the support from Getsafeonline, Barclays and Kaspersky internet security this event would not have been possible.”