Pop up shop offers advice on how to stay safe online Date published: 10th July 2017 1.50pm

More than 10,000 people attended a community engagement event at Cheshire Oaks which offered the public free advice on how to stay safe online

Cheshire Constabulary's Economic Crime Unit, in collaboration with the private sector, delivered the two-day 'pop up shop' event on 7 and 8 July.

It gave the opportunity for the Cheshire public to speak in person to police officers and the Safer Schools & Young Person’s Partnership Team as well as experts from the banking industry, Kaspersky Internet Security and Get Safe Online.

The event comes in response to the rising number of cybercrime cases across Cheshire and the UK. According to City of London Police, the UK saw a financial loss of £14.1m between October 2016 and March 2017 due to cyber enabled crime.

The two day 'pop-up shop' is 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 joined experts from the Constabulary and the private industry who provided 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 said: "These latest figures show the scale and impact that online crime is having on individuals and businesses across Cheshire. By hosting this event 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 effected by online crime, it is so important that we provide safety advice to the public so they can tackle issues as they arise. 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 could not have happened without the support from Get Safe Online, Barclays and Kaspersky Internet Security.”

For more advice on how to stay safe online visit www.getsafeonline.org