By Tamsin Brown • 17 May 2022 • 23:56
Rincon de la Victoria creates new cyber police unit to prevent cybercrimes. Image: Rincon Town Hall
The new Cyber Police unit in Rincon de la Victoria has been created in response to increasing numbers of internet-based crimes such as identity theft.
The Local Police Headquarters of Rincon de la Victoria has created a new Cyber Police unit with the objective of protecting and providing security to citizens in the digital environment by preventing and reducing the number of cybercrimes in the municipality. The announcement was made on May 12 by the councillor for Public Safety, Borja Ortiz.
The councillor said that the initiative arose “due to the significant increase in the number of cybercrimes that are occurring, the most common being fraud and identity theft, as well as the increase in the number of young people who suffer cyber-bullying”.
The new unit will be run by a local police officer from Rincon de la Victoria who has extensive training in cybersecurity, cybercrime, personal data protection, computer forensics and other such areas related to the digital environment.
The mayor of Rincon de la Victoria, Francisco Salado, praised “the professional work” of the local police force, “which never ceases to expand and improve the services it provides to the public. The creation of the Cyber Police unit marks a before and after for stopping cybercrimes”.
Salado went on to express his gratitude “for the continuous effort made by our police in carrying out their work”. The new unit will be operational very shortly.
Ortiz announced that there is a new email address ([email protected]) through which all residents of the municipality who have been victims of cybercrime, are aware of crimes that have been committed on the internet or simply wish to offer information and help can get in touch with the Cyber Police unit.
Work is also being carried out to develop educational and awareness-raising activities in the field of cybersecurity and the prevention of cybercrime and cyberbullying with the public. There will also be training programmes for parents on how to educate their children on the safe use of the internet.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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