Ten clues you have a cannabis factory next door to you

A number of cannabis farms have been shut down in Portsmouth, Hampshire and West Sussex in recent years.

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 2:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 2:49 pm
These are the signs that a house near you could be a cannabis farm.

Earlier this year large-scale operations were shut down in Kinsclere and Crawley. Most factories are discovered thanks to community intelligence. Here’s how you can spot the clues.

Curtains remain shut all day, windows remain closed and may be taped-up to stop people seeing in. You might spot a chink of very bright light coming through cracks.
Its going to have a strong smell. Especially in the last couple of weeks before harvest. If you don't know what cannabis smells like, its quite sweet and a bit like tomato plants on a hot day.

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People might bring lots of building, lighting and ventilation equipment into the venue. Plywood is used to separate different growing rooms.
Cannabis farms often have reinforced doors, strong locks, and fences and gates built where there were none previously to stop intruders.
Lots of money is invested in these cannabis factories - setup costs can run into tens of thousands. So they might send people to check the quality of the stock late at night.
If you can hear a faint buzzing coming from the building - its probably fans or the hydroponic lights needed to keep growing conditions optimum.
Cannabis farms are hot. If you're living next door and the walls are thin, you may feel the benefit of next doors grow house.
Most cannabis factories have a live-in gardener who will tend to the crop. They are at the bottom of the drugs food chain and are expendable - they're most likely to be arrested when a house is raided.
This photo from a cannabis farm shows how the occupants had bypassed the electricity meter. Landlords might notice that their bills have skyrocketed - or your cannabis-growing neighbours might have wired themselves into your meter to drain your electricity supply.
Excess soil or large empty bottles of plant food may be put out on bin day. Keep a look out for them.