Don’t Get Caught – How To Grow Weed Without Your Neighbours KnowingDo not get caught. Obvious. I know. But, it is amazing how many people mouth off to their friends about what they are doing. When one person knows so will the rest of the world. There is not much point growing a great crop and it either gets ripped off by thieves or the police. And, all you get is a spell in jail. You need to stay under the radar and that means keeping your mouth shut. Robberies are fast becoming popular in Canada. Bold new robbers now prefer home invasions near harvest time. They steal your grow and can cause physical harm during the robbery.
Keep it Looking NormalKeep it looking normal. Do not change your lifestyle. Your neighbours could notice. Move growing equipment under the cover of darkness so no one sees what you are doing. It’s best to own a mini-van with tinted window and to have a garage that is attached to the house for privacy. Be careful what things you put into trash bags. Goto the country and burn anything private. Always disguise what you are moving in case there are prying eyes from surveillance or nosey neighbors. At the risk of sounding paranoid, you need to keep your safety uppermost in your mind. One slip and someone could ring the cops. Be careful what you throw out into the rubbish. Use food waste or kitty litter to make it messy so no one wants to go picking through your trash as it waits on the street. Even put the trash out at the last moment. This is a good strategy as it minimises the time any snooping can carry on. You can even throw the trash into the garbage truck, but make it look natural as a normal person running late to get the trash out as the truck comes by.
Check from Outside the HouseCheck around the house. What do you see? Make sure the yard is tidy and nothing stands out that could give you away. Be a quite, clean neighbor. Check the house from the yard and the street at different times of the day. Look to see and hear what you house gives away. Is there constant noise of some sort? Is your super bright yellow grow light a beacon for miles round? What else could give you away? Do you have heat spots melting snow on your roof? Be a great neighbour. Be courteous and helpful. Do not be the type of person that others associate with pot smokers. Many people fear cannabis grow operations in their neighbourhood as they associate it with crime and criminal activity.
Contain the Stink of Your Skunk Grow OpContain the smell of the plants. And, do not forget to make sure you do not smell like cannabis either. You may not realise it, but the odour of cannabis lingers. Smelling of dope in public makes you an easy target. Never toke in your vehicle.
Grow Weed Without Your Neighbours KnowingSome cannabis strains have a strong smell right from the start, but when it flowers it can really stink. And, the smell can carry. You can easily fix that with carbon filters for the grow area and good quality odour neutralisers for the living areas. Also, try growing cannabis strains that have less smell.
Grow only For Yourself Where Legal to Do So.If you are not selling, then there is little risk of getting caught or having major dramas dealing with the people caught up in the black market. Grow only for yourself.
Which is Safer an Indoor or Outdoor Grow Op?Both inside and outside have benefits. But, if you do not want your neighbours to know you have a grow operation, the answer is easy. You want to keep your plants out of sight. You can also control the smell and any noise you make looking after the crop indoors. Growing outside runs the risk of a neighbour popping their head over the fence to say “hi” or of photos of your crop being taken by a drone flying by. To stay under the radar, grow inside unless you live in a regional area where there are no neighbours or drones round.
Keep it quietMake sure all your equipment runs quietly. Do not let unusual noises alert your neighbours you are up to something. Things like air pumps and fans run 24 hours day. This sort of sound can travel at least to next door. So, if you do not want to make lot of noise buy quality equipment. Get equipment that fits the space. Hang the fan rather than having it sit on something rattling away. It is easy enough to hang a fan using zip ties or a bungee cord. Make sure your ducting is as straight and as short as possible. The longer it is and the more bends the harder the fan has to work to expel the air and the nosier it gets.
Electrical safetyElectrical safety is of paramount importance if you want to grow weed without your neighbours knowing. Everywhere there are reports of house fires caused by cannabis grows. You can prevent yourself becoming another statistic if you keep a few simple commonsense things in mind:
- purchase good quality electrical equipment
- keep all liquids down low and electrical equipment up high to separate your electrical devices and minimise the risk of accidents
- clean up all liquid spills immediately
- get a circuit interrupter that trips when there is a problem
- do not overload your power points – use strictly only what you need.
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