So, what is Cyber Crime?
Cyber crime is a crime such as fraud, bullying, theft or grooming that is committed online (on the internet) using a device that can access the web, such as smartphones, tablets or other devices. Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website.
Remember, what is illegal offline is illegal online.
Cyber Crime in Staffordshire
Mrs Arnold, who has spearheaded work to show the true extent of the cyber crime epidemic and the victims it leaves in its wake, said the survey, the first of its kind to be carried out in the county, shows the level of crime identified is actually just the tip of the iceberg.
‘This survey shows the number of crimes is at least double the amount Staffordshire Police is currently aware of and that is shocking, because we know the majority of cyber crime is still unreported by individuals and businesses,’ she said.
More information about cyber crime and tips to protect yourself online can be found on the Staffordshire Police website.