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Tips for spotting drug use

What to look out for and how you can help

Drug paraphernalia

Suspect drug dealing?

Signs to look out for:

  • Unusual numbers of callers to an address at all times of the night and day
  • Drugs paraphernalia (please do not remove it, but alert your local council)
  • People with an unusually lavish lifestyle.

How to spot a cannabis factory

  • Lights left on all day and night
  • Curtains constantly drawn or windows blacked out
  • Strong pungent smell
  • High humidity in the property
  • Lots of different people, coming and going at strange times
  • No one seems to be living there and they only visit for short periods
  • Venting protruding from the roof and constant noise of cooling fans.

Advice for landlords

  • The tenants may pay their rent in cash.
  • The tenants may be vague or not available at the property
  • A sudden jump or fall in electricity bills
  • Spot checks should be carried out on the property
  • You can get more information and advice from the National Landlord Association.

If you suspect drug use or dealing, report it to us.