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Cyber Crime Unit

The Halton Regional Police Service Cyber Crime Unit was established as a one-year pilot project in late 2016. It is supervised by one Sergeant and managed by RIS – Intelligence Bureau, and is staffed by three highly-trained Detective Constables.

Mandate:

Developed in response to the rapid expansion of internet communications and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Instagram and LinkedIn, the mandate of the Cyber Crime Unit is to support investigations which have an online or technical component to them.

This support includes evidence gathering, crime prevention, fugitive apprehension and training.

Because wireless networks and technology are present and used in almost every facet of crime and know no jurisdictional bounds, the Halton Regional Police Service Cyber Crime Unit partners with agencies across Canada and across the globe to share best practices and awareness of the latest trends, techniques and hardware.

Proactive Policing Strategy:

The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to implementing proactive policing strategies that support and enhance the safety and well-being of those who live and work in Halton Region. By expanding its investigative expertise to include a team dedicated to cyber crime, the Service remains at the forefront of this ever-changing facet of society.

Safety Tips:

In this day and age, individuals of all ages and backgrounds rely on wireless networks to use mobile devices and home/work computers. This reliance is attractive to criminals who are constantly developing new ways to access potential victims’ information and accounts for profit or who use technology before, during or after they commit an unlawful act.

Take the time to safeguard your devices against possible threats by educating yourself and your family about cyber safety.

The following quick tips have been provided courtesy of GetCyberSafe:

  • Enable wireless encryption and password protection on all devices including wireless routers.
  • Establish strong passwords that cannot be easily guessed for all devices and accounts requiring them. Strong passwords are combinations of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Change passwords frequently and do not share passwords across devices.
  • Ensure that every device on your network has up-to-date anti-virus/anti-spyware software.
  • Learn about the online platforms your children and teens are using and familiarize yourself with them.
  • Don't let children have computers in their rooms. Keep the computer in a public space and monitor online activity.
  • Use caution when downloading files from the internet or mobile device apps. Know the source of the files and what you are downloading.
  • Check your mobile provider's website regularly for update information for your wireless device. Always act on operating system upgrade alerts messages from your mobile provider.
  • Do not attempt to modify a device’s control software or remove manufacturer limitations on any mobile device.
  • Do not exchange text or online messages with anyone you do not know. Never give out personal information such as name, address, date of birth, computer passwords or banking details.
  • Never send or share inappropriate pictures or messages. Doing so can negatively affect one’s future and may be a criminal offence
  • Avoid losing valuable data and files by regularly backing them up. Use external drives, USBs, CDs or DVDs for this purpose.

Reporting Cyber Crime:

Cyber or technological crimes such as hacking, mischief to data, network intrusions, denial of service attacks, computer viruses or trojans should be reported to your local police service.

If you are the victim of fraud, identity theft, a telemarketing scam or other white-collar crime, you are encouraged to report the crime to the Regional Fraud Unit or online using the RECOL website. RECOL is a service administered by the National White Collar Crime Centre of Canada and supported by the RCMP and other agencies. See RECOL.ca .

Note: The Halton Regional Police Service does NOT accept cyber crime reports online or via email. Complainants must call 9-1-1 if a crime is in progress/an emergency or 905-825-4777 to speak with an officer.