Cuckooing

Cuckooing is a form of crime in which criminal gangs or drug dealers target the homes of vulnerable people in order to use it as a base for drug dealing and other criminal activity.

Who is at risk?

  • People with substance misuse issues
  • People with physical and or mental health problems
  • People with learning difficulties
  • People made vulnerable by living alone, or age
  • Victims of Domestic abuse

Our specialist outreach team can work with you to provide:

  • Experienced assertive outreach workers who support people in the most suitable
    environment
  • Rapid response to support clients at immediate risk
  • Brief intervention to re-engage people with services

What we offer:

  • We help people build resilience to prevent future exploitation
  • Our early intervention can help prevent risk of property closures
  • Regular communication with referrers

Spot the signs of cuckooing:

  • Can take place in any type of accomodation
  • Increased number of people entering and leaving at all times of the day and night
  • Increased number of cars or bikes outside the property
  • Possible increase in anti-social behaviour in and around the property
  • Increased litter outside
  • Disengagement with support services or healthcare services
  • Signs of drug use

If you believe a vulnerable person may be a victim of cuckooing and could be at risk of harm, we would like you to engage with police immediately, so we can work with the Specialist Outreach Team to keep you safe.

To contact our team for more information:

  • Catalyst, 14 Jenner Road, Guildford GU1 3PL
  • 07584 689 517 or 07776 137 237
  • 01483 590 150
  • www.catalystsupport.org.uk

Other useful contacts and services

  • In an emergency always call 999
  • Call 101 to report cuckooing concerns
  • Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous
  • I-access (drug and alcohol service) – 0300 222 5932 – www.surreydrugandalcohol.com
  • NHS Mental health Crisis Line – 0800 915 4644
  • Samaritans – 116 123