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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN BC: Column: Neighbours Are Key To Safe Communities
Title:CN BC: Column: Neighbours Are Key To Safe Communities
Published On:2012-01-27
Source:Peninsula News Review (CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-01-30 06:01:26

On Dec. 16, our detachment executed a search warrant on a home on
Lands End Road in North Saanich. There were no furnishings and nobody
living inside. The property was not isolated it was surrounded by
other homes and neighbours. The house was used solely for the purpose
of housing a fairly large marijuana grow operation. This type of grow
operation is not uncommon in our area and we are confident that
others exist in our community.

Our officers dismantled the Lands End grow op that morning. We found
more than 300 plants inside and discovered the suspects had reworked
the hydro service to the house to support the operation.

Marijuana grow operations pose a serious threat to the safety of our
communities and the officers fighting against these illegal
operations. Wherever they exist, there is a potential for an increase
in criminal activity and a greater chance of fire, explosions and
violence. The impact of drugs and organized crime on our communities
has been identified as a policing priority each year, both nationally
and at the local level. As a detachment, we are committed to
combatting these types of activities to keep our neighbourhoods safer.

Here are some signs that may indicate the presence of a marijuana
grow operation:

lots of condensation on the windows

windows are covered all the time

sounds of fans running constantly

pungent odour of vegetative marijuana

no sign of the occupants of the home, as one would expect

the tenant does not make himself known to neighbours and is only
there sporadically

lack of garbage or recycling pick up at the curb during collection days

overgrown yard and lack of yard maintenance

Look for several of these signs that appear together. If you suspect
you are living next to a marijuana grow operation, please call our
detachment at 250-656-3931 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to
leave an anonymous tip.

Residents play an important role in keeping their communities safe
and crime-free. With your help, we can get rid of these grow
operations from our community, one at a time.
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