We've partnered with local further education colleges to reduce and prevent cyber-crime, helping to protect more than 600 young people online.
Our Cyber Crime Unit has worked with students in Coleg Y Cymoedd and Coleg Gwent to engage and inspire students on cyber-crime and cyber-crime prevention.
The sessions focused on highlighting known dangers and what to look out for, and provide real measures to help students stay safe online.
Cyber Protect Officer, Kate Lloyd said:
“Cyber-crime is complex; it causes harm and devastates lives.
“Even those who are digitally savvy can be taken advantage of as criminals are coming up with even more sophisticate ways prey on the vulnerable.
“By working with young people, we’re giving them the skills and confidence to spot criminal behaviour and take action.”
Jess Pike, Employer Engagement Advisor at Coleg Gwent said:
“It’s been great to have the support of Gwent Police and Kate Lloyd during this academic year.
“Many learners from across our five campuses have benefitted from Kate’s sessions. Coleg Gwent runs a Cyber specific course: Cyber College Cymru and covers elements of cyber security in the other computing courses.
“Hearing from Kate allowed the learners to apply their learning to the real world and see the darker side of Cyber-crime and how it can impact individuals as well as large companies.
“The sessions were also very informative and engaging for non-computing learners giving many food for thought. We look forward to continue working with Gwent Police.”
Dan Owens, Digital Wellbeing Officer at Coleg y Cymoedd said:
“Having last year piloted the Digital Wellbeing Officer role at Coleg y Cymoedd in partnership with Welsh Assembly Government, we have been able to engrain a culture of cyber awareness, digital habits, and online safety amongst both our learner and staff groups.
“Our engagement with Gwent Police’s Cyber Crime and specifically Cyber Protect Officer, Kate Lloyd, has played an influential role in establishing, reinforcing, and promoting cyber safety here at Coleg y Cymoedd.
“Kate’s work has supported the development of wider reaching projects within the college and has fostered conversations that have elevated cyber skills awareness and encouraged learners to explore careers in the cyber industry.
“With a keen acknowledgement of the work carried out and resources developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), we as a college have been kept well advised as to current and emerging threats to our digital ecosystem through the Cyber Protect Officer’s provision.
“As our relationship continues to grow, we envisage Kate will play a vital role in continuing our success. As a knowledgeable and trusted advisor, we anticipate her input will help us to develop our provision further and produce case studies that will support other colleges to engage in the work of local Cyber Crime units.”
Each year 446,699 cases of fraud and cyber-crime are recorded by Action Fraud across the country. For Wales last year there were over 14,946 reports made by victims.
The force has previously run campaigns to increase the awareness of dangers that exist online. Stop, talk, protect is an online campaign which encourages parents and guardians get involved in their children’s online habits, and where required take action, protecting their loved ones from being a victim of cyber-crime.
Gwent Police is committed to supporting and safeguarding children and young people. Officers and staff are trained to recognise the signs, respond quickly, and investigate thoroughly.
If you think you’ve been a victim of a crime or know someone who has, you can simply dial 101 for non-emergency matters. In an emergency, always dial 999. You can also message us on social media
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.