Cyber Crime





If you are concerned that you have been a victim of cyber crime, report it to ActionFraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at .

Once a cyber crime has been reported we can then start investigating.


What we do


Our Cyber Crime Unit provides a holistic approach to tackling a crime type that only a few years ago remained unseen, unreported and undetected. Our focus is on addressing cyber dependent crimes and their impact upon businesses, groups, charities and some key critical national infrastructure organisations based in the South West. Such crimes include network intrusion, ransomware and denial of service attacks.

Our team works within four key areas:

In the South West we are one of the country’s leading investigative units. In addition to investigating crimes that have been committed, we are proactive in using the latest tools and techniques to identify those cyber criminals that are causing harm to our communities.


We have a passionate team whose aim is to divert primarily young and gifted individuals from committing cyber-crime to lawful and productive pathways. We engage closely with schools and partner agencies and run bespoke interactive sessions across the South West.

If you know of any young people who may benefit from our input, use our Prevent 'Cyber Futures' referral form.


Our network of Cyber Protect officers offer advice, guidance and provide examples of cyber crimes we have investigated where simple steps could have prevented an organisation from becoming a victim. Our advice is free, generally low cost to implement and only from trusted sources such as the National Cyber Security Centre.

Our Protect leaflet is a great starting point for advice and useful resources.

Providing advice and guidance through desk-top exercises and innovative messaging preparing organisations for a cyber incident. Sadly, it is very much a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ an organisation will become a victim. Business Continuity, Incident Response, Media and Reputational damage limitation are key.


All these initiatives are there to protect the South West from cyber crime. We are always eager to hear from anyone with a view of what we do, and what we can do to help. You can contact us via email at [email protected], or for advice/guidance/events use [email protected].


To stay up to date with the latest cyber security advice and guidance, we also recommend signing up to our fortnightly Regional Cyber Briefing e-newsletter, or our more in-depth technical monthly Cyber Intelligence Report


We also maintain an active presence on our social media accounts below. Follow us on our accounts below:


  SW Regional Cyber Crime Unit

Recent Updates:

Regional Cyber Briefing 19th Dec

Cyber / Tue 19th, Dec

In this briefing: Brute force attacks and how to defend against them, incident management plans, and schools are warned over hackable heating systems.

Regional Cyber Briefing 5th Dec

Cyber / Tue 05th, Dec

In this briefing: The NCSC release their weekly threat report, Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin, and how to develop a home and mobile working policy.

Regional Cyber Briefing 21st Nov

Cyber / Tue 21st, Nov

In this briefing we cover social engineering and offer some useful countermeasures that you can put in place. We also talk about the importance of staff awareness training to make them more aware of cyber threats.

Regional Cyber Briefing 7th Nov

Cyber / Tue 07th, Nov

In this briefing we talk about the proliferation of fake WhatsApp downloads, new anti-malware tactics being adopted by police, and the NCSC's vulnerabilities blog.

Regional Cyber Briefing 24th Oct

Cyber / Tue 24th, Oct

In this briefing we talk about banking Trojans, the NCSC Small Business Guide, and the UK's Office for National Statistics releases statistics for cyber-related fraud in England and Wales.

Regional Cyber Briefing 10th Oct

Cyber / Tue 10th, Oct

In this briefing we talk about CEO fraud, email spoofing and some useful video's from the CPNI on workplace behaviours.

Regional Cyber Briefing 29th August

Cyber / Tue 29th, Aug

A 'Regional Cyber Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

Regional Cyber Briefing 17 July 2017

Cyber / Mon 17th, Jul

A 'Regional Cyber Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

Regional Cyber Briefing 03 July 2017

Cyber / Mon 03rd, Jul

A 'Regional Cyber Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

Regional Cyber Briefing 19 June 2017

Cyber / Mon 19th, Jun

A 'Regional Cyber Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

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