Police urge landlords and residents to report cannabis farms concerns
POLICE are urging landlords and members of the public to be on the lookout for people using premises as cannabis farms.
The call comes from Dyfed-Powys Police following a number of raids in Pembrokeshire in recent weeks which have seen around £1million worth of the drug seized.
Detective sergeant Mark Richards said: “When criminals operate out of properties the whole community suffers but it can also result in personal loss for a landlord.
“Tenants using the property illegally will often reduce the property value, cause damage and not pay rent.
“We are urging landlords and neighbours to be aware of signs which could indicate criminal activity and if they are at all suspicious to tell us and we can help them address the issues.”
Police say four-out-of-five properties used for cultivation are terraced houses, but detached houses and industrial and commercial units have also been used.
Officers are appealing for people to look out for telltale signs that a property may be being used to grow cannabis, including limited signs of daily activity and infrequent callers; blinds or curtains drawn; a strong smell of chemicals; and “extreme fortification” of the premises.
Can you help? Call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111