People Urged To Report Suspected ‘Cuckooing’

April 23, 2019 | 4 Comments

A criminal enterprise — known as ‘cuckooing’ — is apparently occurring in Bermuda, in which offenders use violence and/or other unlawful methods to target the homes of vulnerable people and use the properties for drug dealing or to plan crimes.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service [BPS] has recently been made aware of a criminal enterprise occurring in Bermuda known as ‘cuckooing’, whereby offenders use violence and/or other unlawful means to target the homes of vulnerable people, utilising these properties for distributing illegal drugs, or to plan other serious crimes.

“Members of the community most susceptible to ‘cuckooing’ are those suffering from drug/alcohol addiction, mental or physical health problems, our seniors, as well as those living in poverty with limited financial resources.

“Some signs that ‘cuckooing’ may be occurring at a property include:

  • An increase in unfamiliar people entering and departing.
  • An increase in vehicles arriving and leaving, or parked outside.
  • An increase in anti-social behaviour.
  • An increase in litter outside the residence.
  • Signs of drug use and abuse.

“It is common for offenders involved in this type of criminal behaviour to have access to several addresses, allowing them to move quickly between locations for both short periods of time or multiple days, which can reduce opportunities for them being detected by police.

“If you suspect that ‘cuckooing’ is occurring within your neighbourhood, to someone you know, or have any information regarding this behaviour, please contact the BPS Vulnerable Persons Unit immediately at 247-1678 or the independent and anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.”

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  1. StanTheMaintenanceMan says:

    And some people do it cause they’re financially strained and see this as their only option. LOWER taxes you’re hurting us!!!!!!!

  2. BringitBr says:

    Sounds stereotypical to me.
    I understand the anti-social part but the rest is stereotypical

  3. puzzled says:

    Lots of cuckooing going on in the sessions house.

  4. Nasty people out there says:

    Sounds like my old tenant I evicted. He was selling drugs out of house and all these people coming around my house hundreds a month no lie .. the police raided my house but he never stopped selling drugs.. he is still selling drugs in his new apartment. financial assistance still paying for him smh. And figure I had to get a court order to get him out and he wrecked my apartment.

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