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Alert message sent 12/07/2021 15:31:00

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Your home is supposed to be a safe space and a refuge. But for victims of cuckooing, their home is no longer their own but a place of danger and exploitation.

Cuckooing happens when criminals take over a vulnerable person’s home and use the property as a base for illegal activities such as drug dealing. It takes its name from cuckoos, who take over the nests of other birds. The most common form of cuckooing is where drugs dealers take over a person’s home and use it to store or distribute drugs.

We need members of the community to look out for their neighbours. Those at most risk of exploitation include older people, vulnerable adults, drug users or those living on low income.

Signs to look out for:
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties, exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as TVs or bikes but leaving empty-handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of people living at their address
- Possible increase in anti-social behaviour, littering and drug use

Please report at https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

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Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

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