Wiltshire Police are proud to work in partnership with the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to improve Online Awareness and Capabilities Amongst Vulnerable Groups.

Last week (3 July) Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton and Stay Safe Online Volunteer, Tamas Kiss presented at the Internet Safety Conference in London. 

They talked about how working together ensures the successful continuation of the Online Safety Initiative 'Stay Safe Online', which increases awareness of online scams.

Wiltshire Police provide information about the latest cyber scams to the Stay Safe Online Volunteers, which allows them to deliver bespoke inputs to the elderly and those with learning disabilities within their own homes.

Advice is updated on a regular basis to keep pace with the ever-evolving online crimes, whilst signposting to latest resources to maximise safety.

Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton said; "We are using our current #CyberLife campaign to raise the awareness of this fantastic joint initiative.

"The volunteers are all highly skilled individuals who are giving up their own time to help members of our community.

"The Stay Safe Online programme is one of the first of its kind and has helped 175 individuals since its launch two years ago and provided over 50 talks in the community."

For those aged over 60, or 18+ with a registered disability, one of our trained and Police vetted Stay Safe Online Volunteers can visit you in the comfort of your home and provide the following:

  • Improve your digital and cyber security awareness;

  • Offer cyber and scam prevention advice;

  • Signpost you to future advice and resources;

  • Provide support and reassurance; and,

  • Offer basic practical skills to enable you to check and understand privacy settings.

Online Safety Volunteer, Tamas Kiss said; "Working as an Online Safety Volunteer with such a close partnership with DIIU enable us to deliver the best service possible for our clients.

"Regular meetings keep us volunteers fully up-to-speed with latest news and threats so our service can stay in line with current threats.

"We work regularly together at events and we volunteers attend to awareness group talks.  

"It fills me with me pride to be able help others with our work and help Wiltshire Police to reach a wider audience in today's world where Cyber Crime is becoming an ever growing challenge."

Further information on the Stay Safe Online initiative can be found on the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust website: https://wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk/about/about-2/online-safety/ and you can call them on 01380 861191.





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