Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information.

Online shopping scams cost shoppers £15.4 million over the Christmas period last year.

Message Sent By: Lancashire News (Police, Lancashire Constabulary, Headquarters)

Today, I launch the Your Voice Matters survey asking women and girls about their thoughts on personal safety.

You can take part in the survey here.

It is timely to remind neighbourhoods how to respond to suspicious activity, particularly in the rural areas.

Whilst lots of us are looking forward to the Covid restrictions being relaxed next week, this will invariably mean a really busy period for the Operators in our Control Room, who will take an increased number of calls, possibly numbered in thousands, until things settle down again.