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North Update

Alert message sent 23/09/2019 15:05:00

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Good Afternoon
It’s been a while since my last update, However we are back with another update for your all.
ASB- moped and dirt bikes are becoming an issue in Popley, youths have been reported causing ASB and smoking cannabis in the field next to         shooters way.
Theft from vehicles/ Theft of vehicles- theft from vehicles is major at the moment in the north of the town, we are aware of the current issues and trying to come up with resolutions to the current problem. The major areas are in Oakridge, please be vigilant and keep no valuables in your vehicle at any times and try and park in well-lit areas, There has also been a fair few Theft of motor vehicles, ensure that you always check to make sure that your vehicle is locked because sometimes cars don’t locked correctly.
Burglaries – this is also a major issue at the moment, Popley and Oakridge are both reoccurring locations for burglaries, I would advise that all doors and windows are closed and locked when the occupants are out and at Night time, I would also advise that all outbuilding, garages and shed are locked at all times.
Robbery- there has been several reported robberies since my last update most of these are happening in Oakridge, please stay to well-lit areas if out at night and be vigilant of your surroundings
 And finally Last week we had an awareness week on Knife crime, Leaflets were delivered to local community centres and there has been a crackdown on the prolific Knife carriers.
One more Thing, Below is some information about county lines and exactly what it mean.
 What are County Lines?
County lines are operated by individuals or groups who use mobile phone ‘lines’ to extend their drug dealing business into new locations outside their home, usually urban areas often centred around good transport links. A ‘county line’ enterprise almost always involves exploitation of vulnerable people. This can involve both children and adults who require safeguarding.
What is cuckooing?
Cuckooing takes place when criminals target the homes of vulnerable people for the purposes of drug dealing. Victims are often left with little choice but to cooperate. Initially dealers may approach the vulnerable person offering free drugs; however, this may progress to threats of violence, and/or the victim being made to pay off drug debts by use of their home and/or to assist in drug dealing. Sexual assaults or exploitation may also take place. Drug networks/gangs are likely to use multiple cuckooing addresses and rotate quickly between them in an effort to keep ahead of law enforcement. Each cuckooed address is likely to accompany localised increases in anti-social behaviour, crime and fear of crime.
Victims are targeted – often isolated, drugs users and known to the police. Nationally, single mothers with young children have been cuckooed, and exploited children operating as part of a ‘county line’ may operate from cuckooed addresses. Any children associated with cuckooed addresses are at high risk of exposure to Class A (heroin and crack cocaine) drug abuse and trafficking, intimidation, threats, violence, weapons and sexual exploitation.  Offenders are usually county line drug dealers.
With both of the above persons which are either offenders or coerced victims will travel from large urban area (London, Manchester, Birmingham etc…) They will usually be completely unaware of the area they are in geographically and will be reluctant to speak to professionals in most circumstances.

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Bradley Hurt (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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