The Cheshire Constabulary Cyber Crime garden attracted thousands of visitors over the five days of the RHS Tatton flower show.
Plant lovers flocked to the garden not only to admire the silver medal-winning 5Cs cyber safety design but also to learn about how to stay safe online as officers sowed the seeds of online safety.
Sponsored by Barclays Bank and designed and created by horticulture students from Reaseheath College, officers from the force’s cyber crime unit were able to share, in a unique and colourful setting, safety messages that can increase personal online security by up to 80 per cent. This can be done by following five simple rules, which we have called the 5Cs – Create, Cover, Confidentiality, Clicking and Connection.
Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke attended RHS Tatton to meet visitors to the cyber crime garden: “I was delighted to see so many people wanting to engage with us in this unique setting, many of whom had personal experience of unwanted cyber activity. Everyone I spoke to welcomed our 5Cs campaign and was pleased to see positive action being taken to help prevent cyber crime.”
The Cyber Crime garden featured on BBC2's coverage of the flower show with both Jo Whiley and Adam Frost presenting pieces in front of the 5Cs steel structures surrounded by a colourful display of flowers and foliage with lighter shades depicting the steps people should take to avoid falling victim to cyber crime and constrasting darker shades showing the criminal aspect.
Officers also welcomed Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane who thanked Barclays Bank for their sponsorship and Reaseheath students for creating such a beautiful garden full of opportunities to educate people about cyber crime.
More information about the 5Cs guide to online safety can be found at The 5Cs guide to online safety