Staying Safe online
For many people, the internet and other new technologies and media are a normal part of our life. Sadly however, it has also proven to open opportunities for criminals and organised criminal gangs to take advantage in scamming and committing fraud in order to gain financial reward.
New online crimes are becoming increasingly common and more sophisticated. Cyber-bullying, stalking on social media and “revenge porn“ are growing and affecting more and more victims. If you use IT and / or social media it is important that you understand how to keep yourself safe online and how to use social media platforms like Facebook or shopping online safely.
For more information on protecting children online, download our PDF Factsheet
If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.
We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.
Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:
Crime Prevention Information
Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/
Get Safe Online
National online security advice
UK National reporting centre for Fraud and cybercrime
Is it an emergency?
If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999. If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. if you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101
7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.