Cyber crime

Cyber Crime

Cyber crime is a type of crime carried out by criminals using computers or similar devices with a connection to the internet.

  • Cyber-dependent crimes – can only be committed using computers, computer networks or other forms of ICT. This includes the creation and spread of malware for financial gain, hacking to steal important personal or industry data and denial of service attacks.
  • Cyber-enabled crimes – include fraud, the purchasing of illegal drugs and child exploitation and can be conducted on or offline.

Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (July 2016) estimate nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes are committed a year, with one in 10 people falling victim to scams.

Fraud affects one in four small businesses, with fraud losses to businesses estimated at £18.9m nationally.

Statistics suggest that fraud is the most common type of crime - and around 70% of this is cyber-related.

Cyber crime is a priority for Thames Valley Police and we are committed to tackling it.

The Force’s approach is:

  • Prevent – our communities from becoming victims of cyber crime
  • Protect – vulnerable groups, working in partnership to reduce risk
  • Prepare – our staff and response to meet the demand
  • Pursue – those engaged in cyber crime

#ProtectYourWorld – stay safe online campaign

2016 sees the launch of #ProtectYourWorld – stay safe online cyber crime campaign to raise awareness about the threats posed and encourage everyone to take simple steps to protect themselves.

Find out more on our #ProtectYourWorld page. (opens new window)


See our online safety page page for more details and advice.

A wealth of advice, including information on how to keep yourself safe online, is available from the independent Home Office-backed advice service Get Safe Online.

The following links will take you direct to the relevant section of the Get Safe Online website.



What to do if you become a victim of cyber crime

If you believe you have been a victim of cyber crime, please ensure you report it to us by calling 101.

To report on-line fraudulent activity, contact Action Fraud (opens new window).

For more information on on-line safety, please visit Get Safe Online (opens new window).

Further information