Operation Makesafe

What is exploitation?
Children and vulnerable adults are being used by criminal gangs across the country. Sometimes they are forced to courier drugs and money (county lines) or commit other kinds of crime. Gangs can take over a vulnerable person’s home to allow them sell drugs (this is known as cuckooing).

There are many kinds of exploitation – but they all have a terrible impact on victims and their families.

Police believe that businesses can play a positive role in preventing criminal and anti-social behaviour, which puts children and vulnerable people at risk. Young people and vulnerable people may become involved in criminality; however, this behaviour should not always be seen as an act of anti-social behaviour. In some cases, involvement in crime or anti-social behaviour could be a vulnerability factor and an indicator that they may be involved in or at risk of exploitation.

We need your help to stop it.

If you see something, report it:

Your local police are available 24 hours a day by dialing non-emergency telephone number 101.
You can also report crime anonymously to CrimeStoppers by freephone or online at www.crimestoppers-uk/org.


For further information, please have a look at the documents below:

Devon & Cornwall Police - Cover Letter Download
Devon & Cornwall Police - County Lines Download