The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that people are more likely to fall victim to fraud or cyber offences above any other crime. The reality is, everyone will be a victim of some sort of cybercrime throughout their lifetime.

Thames Valley residents reported losses of £1.7 million to cybercrime between April 2018 and March 2019. The impact can be devastating, particularly where your personal data is exposed or you suffer significant financial loss.

However, you can minimise the risks of becoming a cyber victim, through increasing your awareness of cybercrime and following simple steps to protect yourself online.

Watch our video below, which highlights the daily risks of cyber crime and how to avoid them.

Cybercrime is constantly developing and takes many forms, but you can distinguish between the two types of cybercrime into cyber dependent and cyber enabled. Cyber dependent crimes are offences carried out against computers and any other related devices that are in violation of the Computer Misuse Act. Cyber enabled crimes are offences committed that use computers to carry out other crimes.

People of all ages, in all of our communities, fall victim to cyber.

Examples of cyber threats include:

Remember, there are simple ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. For contact details of support services, please visit our cyber crime page.