Cuckooing is a form of crime in which a drug dealer or group of drug dealers takes over the home of a vulnerable person to use it as a base for “county lines” drug trafficking. County lines gangs use vulnerable people such as teenagers and children to transport drugs from cities like London to rural cities and towns.

Cuckooing has a significant impact on the community including anti-social behaviour and violence. There are many signs of cuckooing and our Kent Community Safety Units have created this video to help you to identify the signs of this crime.


See it, report it!

You could hold a vital piece of evidence that could allow Kent Police to prevent or stop cuckooing. Please always call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies. You can also contact Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


If you suspect, or are concerned, that someone is a victim of Cuckooing please report this via the contact numbers above. All information is investigated to prevent this type of crime continuing. Please share all material in this email to friends, family and other networks and across social media platforms to promote awareness of this campaign.

Cold Callers in Sevenoaks

The following information has been received from the Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer at East Kent Police

Alert! A doorstep criminal is currently operating in the Hartley area of Sevenoaks. We have had a report from our Community Warden that a woman in her 80s was cold-called by a dark-haired male with no distinctive accent, trying to sell her face masks and other items.

With the new safety rules of covering your face when travelling on public transport becoming mandatory on 15 June, criminals are seeing it as a perfect opportunity to con people out of money. Be aware that scams will be taking place not only on the doorstep but also via email and telephone.

  • Do not open the door to cold callers
  • Do not buy anything from them
  • Never give any personal details
  • If you have been a victim of this scam report to Kent Police on 101
  • If you ask them to leave and they don’t then call 999.