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What is Cuckooing?

Cuckooing is a form of exploitation and crime where drug dealers or gangs take over the homes of vulnerable individuals to use as a base for drug dealing or other criminal activities. The term “cuckooing” originates from the cuckoo bird, which lays its eggs in other birds’ nests, similarly to how criminals take over the homes of vulnerable individuals.

Signs of Cuckooing

  • Increased Visitors: You may notice a sudden increase in people coming and going from a neighbour’s house, particularly at odd hours.
  • Changes in Behaviour: If your neighbour or someone you know suddenly becomes more secretive or anxious, it could be a sign that they are being exploited.
  • Property Damage: Damage to the property such as broken windows or doors could indicate forced entry.
  • Unusual Smells: The smell of drugs or chemicals could be present around the property.
  • Fear or Intimidation: If the resident seems afraid or intimidated by certain individuals, it could be a sign of coercion.

How to help

  • Stay Vigilant: Keep an eye out for signs of cuckooing in your neighbourhood and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
  • Offer Support: If you suspect someone you know is being cuckooed, offer them support and let them know that help is available.
  • Report It: Contact your local police department or Crimestoppers anonymously if you have concerns about cuckooing in your area.
  • Spread Awareness: Share information about cuckooing with friends, family, and neighbours to raise awareness about this issue and help prevent it from happening.

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