Cybercrime Vigilance

Get Technology Together C.I.C. (GTT) is an outreach community educator promoting the benefits of using digital technology and help train adults to use devices effectively and safely. Many people are afraid of using their technology because of the fear of becoming a victim of crime. Information about the risks and advice on how to minimise the risk to yourself, your family and friends is readily available if you know where to look for it on the internet. GTT is a purpose driven organisation and urges everyone to participate and learn about cybercrime. Together we can be vigilant, support each other and achieve results.

GTT aims to hold a city wide conference aimed at the community leadership with small neighbourhood events aimed at the local community to discuss the issues facing digital citizens in Leeds and help participants think about developing simple affordable strategies to minimise their risks to cybercrime.

GTT needs your help

GTT has built up a wealth of experience since its start up. Weekly community digital access points, tutor reports, and case studies reveal numerous examples of people needing help and, in some cases, profoundly serious security issues.

Everyone uses technology differently, depending on their needs and interests: Men, women, elderly, young adults, parents, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and migrants. To develop a comprehensive snapshot of citizen risks a dialogue across the demographic spectrum is needed.

If you are working with volunteer or community organisation and would like to be invited to participate to assist in the project or you would like to nominate someone from your organisation, GTT would like to hear from you before the 28 August 2020. Please contact Vic Berry on 07754 391498 or email info@gtt.org.uk.

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson presents the Community Safety Fund Award 2020

Why is it important to work together?

Since the COVID 19 health crisis citizens have become much more reliant on using online services and consequently the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime have significantly increased. It has been observed that there is an increased motivation for those lacking in skills and confidence to seek help.

Organisations are developing new ways of working with community because of the lockdown, like many other organisations, it has moved services from face to face delivery to providing support remotely using communication applications. Video conferencing has become mainstream rather than being used by a minority business elite. Third sector organisations are more confident, and the wider public are becoming increasingly aware of video chat as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family however there is still a digital divide that exists in the UK and it is getting wider as a result of more essential services offered via the internet. Those that lack knowledge about the cybercrime risk are becoming increasingly more vulnerable consequently GTT is grateful that the West Yorkshire Police are supporting this project with Community Safety Funding this year.

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