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Alert message sent 23/09/2019 15:06:00

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Hello Residents, Here is the latest community update.
Theft from vehicles – Front and rear number plates were taken from a vehicle in FIRECREST ROAD.  Tools were stolen from a van parked in KEMPSHOTT LANE.  CCTV has caught an unknown male trying the door handle of a vehicle parked in REDWING ROAD.  The male then used his own push bike as a ladder to peer through a window of the property.
Burglary – An attempt was made to gain entry via a first floor window above a porch in VERDI CLOSE, nothing taken.  Opportunist stole a camera from a property in QUILTER ROAD.  They entered through an unlocked front door while the occupant was upstairs.
The following article is to raise awareness of County Lines and Cuckooing:
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.
Message sent by
Deborah Doherty (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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