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Northumbria Police throw support behind Safer Internet Day 2019 as officers advise how to avoid falling victim to cyber-crime
05 Feb | 12:57

Events are being held across the Force this week aimed at helping people stay safe from internet scams, online hackers and bogus callers.

Residents across Northumbria are being urged to stay safe online as officers deliver advice on how to avoid falling victim to cyber-crime.

Today (Tuesday) marks Safer Internet Day 2019, co-ordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, which sees organisations across the country join a national conversation about using technology safely and responsibly.

Northumbria Police will once again be supporting this year’s campaign by delivering key safety messages to some of the most vulnerable individuals across the region.

A number of events are being held across the Force this week aimed at helping people stay safe from internet scams, online hackers and bogus callers.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC believes it’s more important than ever to promote the importance of staying safe online.

She said: “Cyber-crime is an ever-increasing part of our police work and quite often it is the most vulnerable people in our communities who are targeted.

“Whilst there are many benefits to the internet, there are also risks – and criminals often scan the internet looking for easy targets. As a result, we are delighted to once again support Safer Internet Day."

This week, members of Northumbria Police’s community engagement team based in Sunderland and South Tyneside are hosting a number of crime prevention events aimed at keeping elderly people safe online.

The events in Sunderland are being run in partnership with Age UK, while sessions across South Tyneside are being held in collaboration with the South Tyneside Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Boards, South Tyneside Council and Age Concern Tyneside South (ACTS).

Yesterday (Monday), residents in South Shields attended The Word to speak to officers and receive advice around online safety and how to avoid becoming a victim of online scams.

Sally College, of the community engagement team, says the events have been well-received across the community.

“As a Force, we are committed to protecting the vulnerable in our communities  and clearly that includes the elderly who can find themselves targeted by opportunist offenders.

“This can come in the form of bogus callers, through the use of distraction tactics or online scams.

“As a result, it is important that we work closely with our partners to help educate and raise awareness of the potential risks to the elderly and offer practical tips and advice on how they can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

“We have already received some excellent feedback from those who’ve attended the sessions, and to mark Safer Internet Day 2019, we will be holding a free event at Jarrow Focus, on Cambrian Street, between 2pm and 4pm this afternoon where elderly people and their families can attend and speak about online safety to our officers.

“If you have vulnerable family members, or live next door to an elderly person who lives alone, please regularly check in with them to make sure they are okay.

“Anybody with any concerns, or who is worried about suspicious activity in their area, is encouraged to contact police.”

Members of the public are invited to attend any of the free events in South Tyneside below. Spaces at the Sunderland sessions are fully booked. Refreshments will be available at venues and there is no requirement to book a place.

Tuesday 5th February: 2pm- 4pm , Jarrow Focus, Cambrian Street, South Tyneside.

Thursday 7th February: 10am-12pm, Boldon CA, New Road, South Tyneside.

Monday 11th February: 10am-12pm, Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Tyneside.

Tuesday 12th February: 10am-12pm, Hebburn Central, Glen Street, South Tyneside

Wednesday 13th February: 10am-12pm, Age Concern, Beach Road, South Tyneside

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