Is Cyber Crime on the Rise in Mississauga?


Published January 12, 2018 at 2:49 am


When it comes to fighting crime in Peel Region, crime has typically been associated with something that can be physically seen or experienced, such as a mugging, robbery, carjacking, etc.  

But like all other things, increasingly crime is taking place online in the digital realm. Things like hacked bank accounts, credit fraud, and online bullying are increasingly being looked at through a serious lens by law enforcement officials. There are also crimes that are very well hidden that we don’t always seen on an everyday basis.

As such, crime prevention experts at Peel Regional Police have developed a unique cyber related course for parents, caregivers, educators and other professionals in order to help citizens and residents of Peel be more vigilant when it comes to such offenses.

Dubbed ‘Cyber Academy’, the course, delivered over five 2.5 hour evenings, for a total of 12.5 hours, provides instructions designed to teach participants how to avoid the risks on the following:

Computer Security: how to secure your online passwords, the risks of home networking, malware, and issues of spam and privacy.

Cyber Fraud: tips on preventing identity theft, phishing, and what you need when it comes to recognizing a scam.

Internet Child Exploitation: such as child pornography and online luring.

Domestic Human Trafficking: examining case studies in Peel Region involving prostitution, recruitment of victims & identifying characteristics of traffickers.

Social Media: looking at both the positive & negative aspects of social media, as well as safer online strategies.

Cyber Bullying: bullying on digital mediums, being able to recognize the signs and utilizing the proper resources.

Media Addiction: Are you hooked?

Extremism-Understanding and Awareness: such as propaganda & recruitment via social media platforms; recognizing behavioural identifiers.

Each session will run every Tuesday starting February 6, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. All the sessions have to be attended in order to receive a certificate.

Space is limited on a first come first served basis. Due to some subject matter, registrations are available to anyone 18 years of age & older who live, work or visit in Peel Region.

Only registered guests are permitted to attend but proficiency in English is essential & having some computer skills will also be beneficial.

All sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Peel Regional Police new facility, the Emil V. Kolb Centre for Police Excellence at 180 Derry Road East, Mississauga (just off the Hurontario and Derry intersection).

Those interested in registering for the course can click here.

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