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7 November, 2016

Online fraud is growing concern for North Yorkshire residents

Online fraud is emerging as the fastest growing area of concern for people in North Yorkshire, according to the early findings of a survey by the Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

So far nearly 1,500 have completed a survey she is running until November 18 at www.telljulia.com.

But she wants even more residents to give her their views so she can reflect their feedback in the new Police and Crime Plan – which sets the future direction of the way communities will be protected and kept safe over the next four years.

Early results show that 70 per cent of respondents were ‘a lot more’ concerned about online fraud than they were five years ago, with 22 per cent of respondents ‘a little more’ concerned.

The next fastest area of worry was child sexual abuse and exploitation with 64 per cent of respondents saying they were a lot more concerned about the problem than five years ago and 18 per cent saying they were a little more concerned.

Other issues which are causing rapidly growing levels of concerns are:

  • Mental health
  • Irresponsible vehicle use, and
  • Online harassment and bullying.

“I want as many people as possible to take part in the survey,” said Julia.

“This is a chance to have a real influence over the services you get and to let me know what is important to you, your families and your communities.

“I want you to tell me what it takes for you to be safe and feel safe in North Yorkshire so that your feedback can help shape the future of local policing.”

A short version of survey is available in Polish, Romanian, Nepalese, Arabic and Urdu. It is also available in an easy read version for people with learning difficulties.