But it raises the question; where does the cannabis come from in the first place?
Well, in recent years the Scottish Police Service has uncovered a growing number of cultivations in both rural and urban areas of Scotland where cannabis is being grown on a commercial scale.
Luckily, Scotland Crimestoppers have responded to the problem by launching the national ‘Weed Them Out’ campaign. The campaign highlights the tell-tale signs to look out for to catch those people growing cannabis. It’s very important that we all keep a watchful eye out for cannabis cultivations as they are often found in residential areas.
Some of the signs to look out for are:
- The windows of the property are permanently covered from the inside, often with foil or bin bags. There may be a build up of condensation on the glass.
- Pungent smells may emanate from the premises, or excessive use of air fresheners or moth balls to disguise the aroma.
- Noise coming from equipment on the premises, e.g. fans or heaters.
- There may be vents coming out of the roof or rear windows.
- The cannabis or by-products, such as used fertiliser, may be removed in black bin bags, laundry bags or suitcases.
- Tenants do not live on the premises and only make short visits, daily or weekly to maintain them.
- Powerful lights on all day or night.
- Compost bags or gardening equipment may be left outside the rear of the premises.
- Visits to the premises can occur at unusual times of the day or night.
If you would like to give information anonymously about a possible cannabis cultivation or any other crime you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out our untraceable online Giving Information Form.