The Cybercrime Awareness Clinic aims to raise awareness of and build resilience to cybercrime among the local community and businesses. The project has three main strands. First, it provides advice to vulnerable groups in the local Portsmouth community. Secondly, it carries out research with older people, small and medium organisations and children in schools as well as college students. The third strand of the clinic relates to developing guidance as to how such a project could be launched and developed by other forces / stakeholders. This will be done through assessing the positive contributions and challenges the project has faced during this two-year pilot phase and developing a final report.The clinic aims to raise awareness of and build resilience to cybercrime for local communities and businesses. It will create an innovative research and collaboration space, directly involving members of the public and SMOs in mapping the cyber threats the local community faces and providing tailored advice. The project will design and pilot a transferable model for a Cybercrime Awareness Clinic as well as develop a bottom up image of cybercrime threats and types of victimisation in order to facilitate the most appropriate and efficient allocation of resources and response mechanisms by the police.
The research uses a mixed-methods approach incorporating a review of the literature, online questionnaires, focus groups and semi-structured interviews.