Janamaithri & Residents Associations takes up Cyber Crime awareness

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Tvm: As part of the community policing scheme of Kerala Police, the Janamaithri Suraksha project has teamed up with Residents Associations to spread awareness about Cyber Crimes. A session on Cyber Crime for residents under the Medical College Police Station was conducted today in Thiruvananthapuram.

A Police Station in the city will have an average of about 15 beats with each residential area forming a beat. Janamaithri Suraksha meetings held in beat areas are being used to spread awareness about Cyber Crime among the residents. Such meetings with the residents in the area are held on a regular basis to identify and solve community issues.

Talking to Kerala IT News, E S Bijumon, DySP, Police HQ said, “We have conducted at least five such programmes in various Residents Associations, Schools and Colleges in Thiruvananthapuram District in the last two months. The Janamaithri Suraksha meetings are an ideal venue to reach out to the senior citizens and housewives to create awareness about hi-tech crimes involving Internet, ATM cards and Mobile Phones.”

Speaking at the Janamaithri Suraksha meeting today, he asked the participants, as family members, to be alert about the online activity in their houses. He gave examples about the various crimes that are being done online and explained terms like phishing, card skimming, credit card fraud, cyber stalking, etc. He also requested the residents to be cautious while being online while elucidating on the various provisions and sections of the IT Act 2008.

The Janamaithri Suraksha project of Kerala Police was launched in 2008 with the aim of providing opportunities for the people of Kerala to join hands with Police to fight crime as well as to improve the security of their neighbourhood. Community policing is, in effect, a sustained collaboration between the police and the community. All the Police Stations in Kerala are connected by email and citizens are avail emergency help through SMS also.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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