Is there a common pathway into committing cybercrime (such as hacking)? What does a cybercriminal look like? Can a cybercriminal be diverted into doing good things with their computer skills instead?


The average age of arrest for all crime is 35 – for cybercrime it's just 17. Cybercrime prevention is a key part of the UK's National Cyber Security Strategy.

In this session, Detectives Will Farrell and Emyr Jones will explain how police are preventing cybercrime from happening in the first place. Find out how individuals on the cusp of committing cybercrime are identified and how police help them make informed Cyber Choices, diverting individuals away from crime to do positive things with their computer skills instead.

What you will take away from this session:

  • Overview of types of cybercrime
  • Understand what police are doing to Prevent cybercrime
  • Identify common pathways into cybercrime
  • Awareness of positive diversions for young people


Event Agenda


Section 1

  • Who we are. What we do. 
  • Types of cybercrime.
  • Three practical examples of how someone could break the law.

Section 2

  • Cybercrime Case Study 1
  • Cybercrime Case Study 2
  • Common pathways & profile of a cybercriminal.

Section 3

  • Positive Diversions Case Study 1
  • Positive Diversions Case Study 2
  • Opportunities for partnership working

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