Delhi’s cyber crime cell to provide help online 24/7

  • Ananya Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2016 16:37 IST
Delhi Police will use hash tags #CyberSafety and #GetNetWise to increase awareness about secure usage of social media, cyber laws and dealing with cyber stalking. (Handout Photo)

The cyber cell of the Delhi Police will now be available online 24/7 to address residents’ queries on cyber crime.

The Social Media Cell will engage with citizens, particularly the youth, through campaigns on Facebook and Twitter, to spread awareness on cyber crime and cyber safety. The campaign began Thursday and will run for a week on trial.

Under the hash tag ‘#CyberSafety,’ topics like secure usage of social websites, information on cyber laws and how to deal with cyber stalking and harassment will be discussed with users.

The initiative will be an interactive one that lets users connect with cyber investigators and answers their queries. A special team has been designated for the same.

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“Social media is an important medium of engagement with the citizens, particularly the younger generations. Recently, there has been a spurt in cases and complaints of cyber stalking, account hacking, online shopping frauds and transactions, because people are not aware of how to safely operate while in cyber space. This initiative aims at educating people who spend most of their time on the internet on cyber safety and its laws,” additional commissioner of police, Economic Offences Wing, Arun Kampani said.

He added: “The Social Media Cell of the Delhi Police has lined up a series of online campaigns on topics of cyber security and to make it interesting, we have designed catchy visuals and slogans with messages of cyber safety ingrained within posters. The purpose being that the image gets stuck in the user’s mind and while they are operating in cyber space, it is somewhere in their sub conscious.”

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“We will also carry out tweet-retweet sessions on a daily basis, wherein tweets by citizens on public safety topics will be retweeted by official handles of Delhi Police, including that of the Commissioner of Police. The objective of these activities is to inform and empower the citizens and to involve them in actively spreading the public interest messages,” Kampani said.

“We request all citizens of Delhi, especially the youth, to join it in this process and become an active participant,” Kampani said.

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