Recently, an indoor growing operation was busted in Sacramento, California. Almost 500 cannabis plants were seized and two people were arrested. You don’t want this to happen to you, for obvious reasons, not the least being the loss of your work and legal ramifications. Now people are talking about ways to spot an indoor growing operation in your own neighborhood. These people are catching on and learning what the telltale signs are. If you don’t want nosey neighbors interfering in your livelihood you’re gonna want to keep your grow on the down low. Here are the things cops and nosey neighbors are looking for.
Black Wrought Iron Fence
If you want to keep your grow on the down low, then you need to be aware of how your house looks to outsiders. If your place looks more like a fortress than a home, people are going to be suspicious of what you’re doing. Obviously you want to fence off your place, try using friendlier and more domestic looking fencing.
You also can’t have more than one layer of fencing surrounding your place, for example a fence between the iron fence and the front door. This goes back to the whole “make your place look like a home” idea. Who do you know who has more than one layer of fencing surrounding their casa? No one, that’s who. If you don’t want people going up to your door, get a mean looking dog who barks a lot.
Seriously, who has security cameras surrounding their house other than people with something to hide? If you have visible security cameras surrounding your house, you are asking to get busted. You may as well put up a neon sign stating “I am growing marijuana here!” This is the opposite of keeping your grow on the down low. We live in what I would consider a pretty technologically advanced society. This means if you want security cameras, you have options besides the big, bulky, boxy things that are obviously cameras. You can get cameras that are smaller than the size of your finger and plant those around your place. Make sure you hide them well. Security cameras don’t work that well when people know that they’re there, Heisenberg uncertainty principle and all that.
Ooh That Smell!
I’m not referring to the awesome song, I’m referring to that delicious dank smell that you love, but is most likely pissing off your neighbors. Yes, they can smell it, and no this is not keeping your grow on the down low. There are some things you can do to cover up that delicious dank smell. For example, you can choose to grow strains that have a less potent smell. You can also grow some fragrant herbs (no, not that kind) such as mint, basil, cilantro, etc., in order to mask that dank smell. Also, this will make your grow operation look more like a home, rather than a home with a grow.
Don’t Shit Where You Eat
If you can, try to find somewhere else to grow that is preferably not where you live. You know the expression “don’t shit where you eat”, I can’t think of any way this could be more applicable than keeping your grow on the down low. Your grow is your work, and who really likes to take their work home with them? : People are generally suspicious of neighbors who never leave their house, and yes they do notice. Anyone who has been on the social media app Next Door, knows that their neighbors are always watching.
Talk to Your Neighbors
It is vitally important that you have a relationship with your neighbors. Otherwise, they might begin to talk about why you are so antisocial and they will begin to wonder what you’re up to. They’re people and they gossip. In this age of social media especially, your neighbors are documenting and sharing their neighbors’ idiosyncrasies. I’m not trying to sound like a commercial for Next Door, but it’s a good platform to belong to so you can keep track of what your neighbors are talking about, and whether they are talking about you. You can download the app here, if you are interested.
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