We want to keep you informed in relation to some of the partnership's work and hope you find this both informative and useful. This complements our bi-monthly newsletter which will continue to provide a more in depth look at our priority areas.
Following a review of the team's communication methods, this e-bulletin will now be sent on a monthly basis rather than fortnightly.
East Sussex Safer Communities Partnerships’ Business Plan 2016/17 to 2018/19
The plan sets out how partners will work together to deliver our community safety priorities. It also highlights what we have achieved during 2015/16 and what we are planning to do to improve the services to support local people for the future.
When selecting their work streams the partnership also takes into account those of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police and District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).
This plan describes the work streams for the partnership, achievements, what the community thinks and what needs to happen next. It also includes both county and district and borough level community safety work streams. There are a number of shared local and county-wide areas of work, in addition to work streams which relate to specific district and borough areas.
We would like to thank all those involved for their contributions in creating the final document.
Serious Organised Crime
UK businesses are expected to face an increase in cybercrimes, according to a recent survey by accountancy company PwC. More than 50% of the British companies are expecting to be hit by an online crime over the next two years.
Attacks can come from:
Cyber criminals looking to make through fraud or selling information
Industrial competitors looking for an economic advantage
Hackers who enjoy the challenge of interfering with computer systems
Hacktivists who have political or ideological motives for disrupting businesses
This month we met with the Chair of the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex to discuss what we can do to protect business from cybercrime and fraud. The Alliance is a business network of all the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Business and the IoD in East Sussex. They represent over 4,000 local businesses with over 15,000 members of staff.
The Association will be working with the Safer East Sussex Team and the Surrey & Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit to conduct a survey which aims to understand the impact of cybercrime on businesses and the measures that have been put in place to prevent and respond to these attacks.
We will use the results of the survey to plan future preventative activities.
The Surrey & Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit are also preparing a cybercrime profile for East Sussex which we will share with partners when it is available.
Recent alert from Action Fraud
Action Fraud has received several reports in the last 24 hours from businesses who have been sent online extortion demands from scammers threatening a cyber attack. The scammers who call themselves the “RepKiller Team” have been sending emails to businesses across the UK demanding payment of between £300-£500 in Bitcoins by a certain date and time. If the demands are not met, the team have threatened to launch a cyber attack against the businesses and their reputation by automating hundreds of negative reviews online. More information can be found here.
Cyber Crime Bulletin
When available, we will share a round up of cyber related crime compiled by the Surrey and Sussex Cyber Crime Unit. The articles and views within the document are not necessarily the views of the Cyber Crime Unit and/or Surrey & Sussex Police and are sourced from publicly available material.
Cyber security survey: Executive Summary
The document to the left provides a summary of the 2015 security breaches annual survey.
10 Steps to Cyber Security
This guidance is for businesses looking to protect themselves in cyberspace
Preventing Violent Extremism
On the 10th of March British Values, Prevent and Equality: Linking the agendas together was held in Eastbourne. This was a one-day conference for Primary and Secondary Schools to make sense of the new Prevent duty and how this links with the teaching of British Values and the wider equality agenda.
This event was well attended and delivered in partnership with the Equality and Participation Team (ESCC Children’s Services) and the aims were to:
• Improve understanding of the Prevent Duty and how to safeguard pupils vulnerable to radicalisation
• Develop confidence in being able to build pupils resilience by promoting British Values through PSHE
• Explore resources to support the safe discussion of controversial and sensitive issues, including ideas of Britishness, identity and diversity
This event was funded by all five District and Boroughs as well as the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner. As part of this event we launched our British values teaching resource in partnership with St Richards College, Bexhill. This resource covers the fundamental British values and suggests activities and sessions along with a DVD resource to use with students. A number of copies of the resource are being created for all Secondary Schools and for Primary Schools that wish to have a copy and will be available at the end of April.
Café North opening next week
The community café, a joint initiative between all those involved in recovery work in relation to drugs and alcohol in Eastbourne will be opening next Thursday.
This week we attended the Eastbourne Borough Market to promote the opening of the café to the public next week.
We are keen for those in recovery or affected by the recovery of someone else to be involved in the project as volunteers.
We are currently finalising the report into the review of the work undertaken with the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) cohort across East Sussex.
We have also been providing support for the work being done in relation to vulnerable elderly victims of fraud and scams, and are exploring with partners what data is available, and are looking to bring this together to identify ‘hot spots’ of activity to inform on going work around preventative messages and help to identify any gaps which may need to be addressed.
Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships
The Safer Hastings Partnership is all set to address a number of local issues this year. Activities and projects include;
Using the newly relocated and refurbished CCTV room managed by Hasting Borough Council, costing over £400,000
Addressing complex street community issues connected to the increasing number of anti-social street drinkers and supporting and dealing with rough sleepers that are perceived to be affecting the ‘welcoming image’ of Hasting’s borough.
Encouraging the reporting of hate related incidents, making it easier to report anti-social behaviour across the Borough.
Dealing with identified crime and disorder generating areas in and around the busy sea front
Providing support to and increasing the number of neighbourhood watch groups.
Testing the possibility of a future merged Community Safety Partnership with the Safer Rother Partnership
Update from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne has confirmed that funding for Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) across Sussex will be protected for the fourth year running.
CSPs bring together a range of organisations including community safety officers, local councillors, Sussex Police, Fire and Rescue, and members of the Police and Crime Panel. A combined total of over £505,000 has been committed by Mrs Bourne for work which reflects the priorities of her Police and Crime Plan, with £86,000 specifically earmarked for work focussing on victims’ services and over £100,000 for drug intervention programmes.