The open days, attended by 238 people at community centres in Ramtha, Aydoun, Khaldieh, al Mafraq, Hashmi al Shmali and Hay Nazzal*, included a presentation from the Public Security Directorate’s (PSD) Cybercrime Unit on how to stay safe online and the ways the PSD can help people if they are targeted online. In a post-event questionnaire completed by 151 of the attendees, 57% said that the session with the Cyber Crimes Unit was their favourite part of the day.
“Before the initiative, a female volunteer [at the Aydoun Charitable Association] was being blackmailed online, was afraid of the community [response if news got out about it] and did not know what steps to take,” Ayat Al Khasawneh, an activist in Aydoun, told Siren. She added that the volunteer later sought help from the PSD, after attending the open day and learning about the “strictly confidential services” offered by the Cyber Crimes Unit.
This young volunteer was among the 91% of respondents who reported learning about the Unit’s services through the open days. Eighty five percent of the questionnaire respondents also reported having greater knowledge of other organisations offering protection services around cybercrime.