On 2nd May 2017, The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, working in partnership with Wiltshire Police, launched a bespoke Online Safety Initiative – Stay Safe Online. Initially a pilot scheme, this is believed to be the first of it’s kind in the country.
Bobby Van Stay Safe Online Volunteers have been interviewed and trained by Wiltshire Police to deliver the new initiative across Swindon and Wiltshire. They are working together with the Police to maintain an awareness of current computer crimes and to ensure advice is up-to-date with the ever changing scams.
Wiltshire Bobby Van Director,
Jennie Shaw explains:
“Computer crime is one of the fastest growing crimes targeting the over 60s. The aim of the volunteers will be to visit the client’s home to offer a tailored service to improve their awareness of on line security and help them to identify potential risks.
If an offense has been committed, the client will be encouraged to report it via 101.
Referrals can be made through Wiltshire Police, through supporting agencies or can be self-referred via 101.
Our advisors will be happy to provide talks and presentations to wider community groups. Raising awareness through education is the key to its success.”
Sergeant Vincent Logue of Wiltshire Police, adds:
“The Bobby Van Trust is already a well-established and trusted Charity in Wiltshire, with it now offering the Stay Safe Online service, it will give vital knowledge to those within our community who might otherwise become victims of computer crime.
The service will allow people to protect themselves and their families against this growing and sinister crime type. I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers who have come forward to give up their own time to deliver this service, free of charge, to those who need it.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson said:
“One of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is to protect the most vulnerable in society, and I am grateful to the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and their volunteers for all the work they do in our communities.
Cybercrime is a growing concern, which doesn’t discriminate, and knows no boundaries. Whether you have grown up with the internet, or have discovered it later in life, we all need to be more aware of the hidden dangers online.
I am pleased to see the partnership work between Wiltshire Police and The Bobby Van Trust. The Online Safety Initiative will inform and educate about the importance of cyber security, providing an invaluable service to help keep our communities safe.”
To find out more about the initiative, and get in touch for an Online Safety Advisor to visit or give a talk to your local community, please see the Stay Safe Online section of our website.