What is cuckooing?
Cuckooing is a process where people target the homes of vulnerable adults, resulting in them losing control of their property. The property may then be used for criminal activity, including drug dealing, sexual crimes and storing weapons.
The vulnerable adult can be exploited and coerced to participate in criminal acts. Young people, vulnerable to criminal exploitation can also be associated with these properties. Cuckooed residents may be victims of crime and the Council, in partnership with the Police, will provide support to the cuckooed resident to get the help they need.
We can also take formal enforcement action to prevent people entering addresses which are being used for cuckooing. This can help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour which have a detrimental effect on the wider community.
The signs of cuckooing and potential drug dealing
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 of value, such as TVs or bicycles, but then leaving the property empty handed
- lone or vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of people living at their address
- possible increase in anti-social behaviour
- increasing litter outside a property
- signs of drug use