Free session on staying safe online by police in Stroud

October 14th, 2017 by Sandy

As incidents of online crimes keep increasing, the police have stepped in to provide lessons on how to stay safe online. Gloucestershire Constabulary are hosting a free session on this issue at Ebley Mill in Stroud on 14th October.

The 45-minute workshop offering members of the public advice on staying safe online, will open its doors at 7:15pm to start at 7:30pm. After the talk, participants can speak to a local officer and a member of the digital intelligence unit of the police force.

Police say the public are 20 times more susceptible to a fraud than a robbery. The workshop will cover many aspects of misuse on the internet, including passwords, ransomware, phising emails, applications, digital footprints, risks of public Wi-Fi, grooming online, cyber bullying and monitoring children’s usage.

According to recent statistics, those in their mid and late 20s are the first target of fraud and that identity fraud has increased in the last 6 months by 5% this year, where 85% of cases are found to have been committed online.

Digital intelligence and investigations engagement officer, Victoria Brinton, of the digital intelligence unit, said as people are more than ever using technology, sadly it has created risks and vulnerabilities too.

The free session is designed to make people understand those risks online and how to reduce them to be safer online, both for themselves and their families, the officer added. Find more information and to book a place, go to –