…the future of Crime in Cheshire is frightening
In the next few years we will see drones in the sky, driverless vehicles on our roads, attacks on the computer back bone of our basic services – fire, police, hospitals, local government; and a boom in digitally enabled fraud and theft. New digital communications enable criminal networks to thrive; to traffic people; to share hate and illegal pornography.
Cyber bullying and revenge porn is already a common problem for young people. Children online remain at risk of cyber grooming and sexual predators.
Crime has changed, but we have not. Crime has moved behind doors, into the shadows and criminals have globalised. The threat of cybercrime, burglary and even terrorism against the people of Cheshire is a global issue that requires a joined up local, national and international response backed up by modern technology and liberal minded oversight and accountability.
This Christmas, bogus winter holiday websites defrauded many people of their money – our use of public Wi-Fi (cafes and libraries) was hacked by cyber criminals, the intellectual property office’s emails were compromised, a champion skier was nearly killed by a falling drone, the BBC and Universities went off line due to DDoS attacks and children online were left vulnerable. Last week, Ukraine’s power gird was disabled by a cyber-attack. It could happen here too!
And at home, are we at risk of Cybercrime? Well, do you know the difference between Phishing, Smishing, Vishing and Social Engineering? Did you know that your bank and credit card details might be worth £150 on the black market?
If you still think cybercrime doesn’t affect you because you don’t have email nor use social media, then ask, do you have a credit or debit card, do you drive a car, have medical records, interact with local government services or private organisations or use public transport? Or perhaps it is your children or grand-children who are at risk? The truth is, you, me and everyone is at risk – but we are just *massively* unaware of how serious that risk is or what to do about it. It is time to put this right.
By being elected we will win the argument that Cybercrime is the forgotten crime, that cybercrime is reaching epidemic proportions – in the next 5 years, every household in Cheshire will be a victim; with children, young people and older people most at risk and in greatest need. Granny’s digital backdoor is wide open – let’s close and lock the door.
If elected, I will ensure sufficient resources are put into tackling cybercrime and digital criminal networks which seek to traffic and exploit people; whilst ensuring liberal oversight and accountability.
Have you been affected by cybercrime? Please click here to take the one question survey so that, together, we can build a #CyberSafeCheshire