Cyber Roadshow heads to Derbyshire to help residents to stay safe this Christmas
Officers are set to take to the road to help residents to stay safe online during a festive Cyber Roadshow. As part of the Protect Yourself Online initiative, Safer Neighbourhood officers across the county will be heading out on the beat to help residents to shop safely online in the run up to Christmas.
The Cyber Roadshow, which will run between Thursday, November 24 and Thursday, December 1, will see the policing teams across the force heading out into the local communities to advise residents about the steps that they can take to protect themselves from cybercrime.
Digital PCSO Shevani Raichura said: “With the festive season fast approaching, many of us will be heading online to get a head start on our Christmas shopping. However, this is also a time where criminals will target their victims by offering deals that seem too good to miss.
“By taking some simple safety tips we can all stay online this Christmas. This includes ensuring that your anti-virus software is up to date and that your firewall is switched on, and to remember that you will never be asked for your PIN or internet banking passwords when shopping online. Finally, before entering your payment details on a site, ensure that it is using a secure connection. To do so, look out for a small padlock in the address bar, and that the payment page address begins with ‘https’.
Digital PCSO Raichura added: “Our Safer Neighbourhood teams will be heading out as part of the Cybercrime Roadshow to offer advice and answer your questions on online safety, particularly with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner. I will also be logging on to answer any question during a special virtual surgery. Happy shopping!”
Residents across Derbyshire are also invited to log online and put their cyber safety and online shopping questions to the experts in an upcoming virtual surgery. The online surgery will be hosted on the Derbyshire Constabulary website to give people the opportunity to speak to top cops and online experts about any online issues. Officers from the Digital Media Investigation Unit will be joined by the force’s Digital PCSO, Shevani Raichura, to answer any questions, offer cyber safety advice and also offer further online support.
Web users are encouraged to visit the police site between 12noon and 1pm on Wednesday, November 30 to have their questions answered.
- Thursday 24th November – University of Derby on Kedleston Road, Derby from 9am until 3pm. Sgt Mark Preston.
- Thursday 24th November – Co-op on Draycott Road, Sawley between 2pm and 3pm. PCSO Matt Boyer.
- Friday 25th November – Institute Lane in Alfreton between 12noon and 2pm. PCSO Mark Rogers.
- Monday 28th November – Co-op on Market Street, Bakewell. 10.30am until 12.30pm. PCSO Ian Phipps.
- Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November – Tesco on Waverly Street, Long Eaton from 2pm. PCSO Heidi Andrew.
- Monday 28th November – Tesco on Mill Street, Clowne between 10am and 2pm. Sgt Wendy McBride.
- Monday 28th November – Co-op on Grasmere Road in Long Eaton from 2pm. PCSO Jon Duggan.
- Wednesday 30th November – Co-op on College Street in Long Eaton from 2pm. PCSO Jon Duggan.
- Thursday 1st December - The mobile police station will be parked at the Civic Centre in Dronfield between 10am and 1pm. PC Sally Horner.
- Thursday 8th December – Market stall on Bath Street in Ilkeston between 10am and 1pm. PC Malcolm Atherton.
For cybercrime prevention advice, information and support, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online Cyberhub at www.derbyshire.police.uk/cybercrime and follow our Digital PCSO on Twitter: @DigitalPCSO
To find out more about events in your area call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, or send them a message online using the Contact Us section of our website: www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us