Top tips to beat cyber crime at Christmastime

‘Tis the season to be wary, with Christmastime now taking place increasingly online.

In recent years, so-called ‘cyber crimes‘ have overtaken off-line offences – they’re currently accounting for around 53 per cent of all crimes reported nationally.

And as Santa’s sack often bulges with new gadgets and gizmos, while events like Black Friday and the Boxing Day Sales encourage us to spend over the web, we’ve spoken to Nottinghamshire Police do get some online dos and don’ts to keep you safe this holiday season.

Alex Hargreaves is fraud investigator for the force – a role which increasingly involves probing crimes with cyber strands.

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He said: “Literally any crime nowadays could have a digital aspect – there are no new crimes, just new ways of committing old crimes.

“It’s the biggest issue we deal with at the moment. I would say every adult

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