You smell a strong sweet odour coming from next door where the curtains are drawn all day and powerful lights are left on at all hours.
Yes your fears may be real – you could well be living next door to someone who is cultivating a cannabis farm.
The neighbours rarely appear to be home and when you do see them they don’t stop long before disappearing again.
If you are suspicious about a house on your street police say don’t ignore your fears or turn a blind eye thinking it is not doing anybody harm.
Having all those heaters and and electrical items on full blast all the time is a fire risk and the electricity supply has usually been diverted from elsewhere.
Also, as the landlord may not be insured for the tens of thousands of damage the drugs gangs cause, you could end up living next door to a burned out shell or a wrecked house for a long time to come.
That’s not to mention that the cannabis money is often used to fund serious crime and bring some serious criminals to your neighbourhood.
Police say sesidents should look out for these signs and report any suspicions to police.
1. Back garden full of household items
If new tenants move in and the back garden or the shed suddenly starts filling up with furniture from inside the house, you might want to keep an eye out.
It might just be that they prefer their own furniture, but it could be that they are clearing space to grow plants by moving the landlord’s furniture out the way.
They don’t care if it gets damaged. There were mattresses in the back garden of the house on Brunswick Street and the garage was full of furniture from the rented house.
2 There seems to be a lot of rubble being taken away
It’s not just furniture they need to move, but doors and walls as well.
In the Brunswick Street House the gang had taken out partition walls, removed all the internal doors and smashed through ceilings for the ventilation pipes.
Where did it all go?
Landlords often don’t allow tenants to stick up a poster let alone smash down walls and all that rubble has to disappear somewhere.
If you see a rented house being pulled apart by new tenants it might be worth contacting the landlord or the police.
3 Strange comings and goings
Most cannabis farms have gardeners and the bigger ones will have several that operate in shifts.
There will be lots of deliveries of very large ducting pipes and electrical equipment.
Hard to spot when we don’t know our neighbours but there will be signs that the tenants are not usual.
4 Unusual noises
Cannabis factories are exactly that, factories. They require a lot of equipment to run them and they can, but not always, be noisy.
However if you are suspicious it might be worth putting an ear to the party wall and at a quiet time and listen for unusual sounds.
The one you are most likely to hear is the whirring of the numerous fans required to circulate the warm air.
5 Blacked out windows
One of the main ways you can tell is looking at the windows. No, don’t peek in expecting to see cannabis plants.
Growers have to cover up the windows with insulation to keep the place warm so you will not be able to see anything at all.
They may have nets and curtains at the front but if you try and look through the window will be covered from the inside. The curtains will never be open.
If you are not sure look for condensation in the corners which happens because of the unusual conditions.
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