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What to do if you Suspect Your Neighbours of Drug Offences

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 12 Feb 2019 | comments*Discuss
Drug Dealing Neighbour Drug Offences

Quite often it may take some time for you to realise that neighbours living nearby may be involved with the supplying or buying of drugs. The whole world of illegal drug dealing is often a ‘cloak and dagger’ affair where activities are carried out in a very quiet, unassuming manner and there is often no specific ‘visual’ clues as to what a drug dealer looks like. Many of them can be dressed very smartly and drive around in luxury cars.

It’s also a myth to assume that drug dealing only occurs in deprived pockets of inner city areas. While this stereotypical assumption is perfectly understandable as many inner city communities are indeed blighted by the supply and use of illegal drugs, they are certainly not the only areas where drugs are a problem. In fact, this is far from being the truth.

Expensive suburbs and rural areas can have a problem with drugs and it’s not just a matter of ‘down and outs’ and those who you might assume would be your ‘typical’ drug dealer or drug addict who will always be on the lookout for their next ‘fix’. Many professional people whom you might think are responsible citizens and even ‘role models’ within your local community can fall prey to drug addiction. Therefore, drug dealing and related offences can occur just about anywhere.

Spotting The Signs

Some of the telltale signs that drug dealing activity may be going on in your neighbourhood include the steady flow of visitors to a nearby residence. Other things like watching out for brief encounters at the likes of your local park, bus stop or even on the street can also arouse suspicion. If you do suspect a neighbour of being involved with some form of drug dealing or trafficking whether as a seller or buyer, you should inform the police.

What You Should Be Observing

To help police with their investigations, you should Keep A Record Of Your Observations. These should include the nature of your observations and the times and location of where they took place. Also try to provide the police with a description of the person or people involved, and their vehicles, preferably with number plate information too, if possible.

If You’re Worried About Being Identified

If you are concerned that you will be identified as a result of you ‘shopping’ a suspected drug dealer to the police, don’t be. The police will guarantee that any information which is supplied to them is treated with the Strictest Confidentiality. If, however, you’re still concerned, by using a public payphone or writing into the police anonymously, you will still be able to assist the police with their investigations which they will appreciate.

Drugs and drug dealing have the potential to ravage a neighbourhood and can, left unchecked, turn what may once have been a prosperous and peaceful neighbourhood into one which becomes riddled by crime and anti-social behaviour. Therefore, it is important that you act as soon as possible if you’ve a strong suspicion that drug offences are taking place within your neighbourhood, as failure to act quickly will often mean that the problems associated with drug offences will only escalate and further disrupt and damage your local community.

Still Not Sure?

If you're still not sure if you should get the police involved and how to contact them read our feature about When to Get The Police Involved.

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By all the comments iv read above I find it unbelievable that so many people are out their with the very same hellish situation I have been tollerating since 2015 suspected drug dealing and cultivation next door nieghbours they also supply illegal tobacco or baccy as they refare to! I hear the heavy duty pumps/fans go on around 11.30pm then all night heavy duty and wierd buzzing vibrations which stop you from relaxing ..then there is the house makeshift renovation..the council hear in east Cornwall have done nothing but tell me to put up shut up or move out by downsizing it's a joke being a decent citizen these days iv kept records iv passed on information and I am left to wonder why I ever bothered doing the right course of action! My heart goes out to anyone who has to put up with living next door to drug dealers and their illicit cultivation
Redwhale - 12-Feb-19 @ 7:42 PM
The police want photos which I have but all they say is it takes time to put it all together. I have this dtone sound of a night the neighbour said its her dryer...5 hrs? Moving stuff aswell. My heads cabbaged. Got to keep a record for enviromental apparently got to be on their paper. So will keep it till 28th thats if I havent had a brain heamorage.If nothing happens I am writing to papers and a book. My mum and I want to leave but who would buy next to this trailor trash? Letters on a postcard please.
Tiddles - 6-Feb-19 @ 2:20 AM
I have had neighbours who were evicted and put next to me and parents for 8 yrs. 8 yrs of hell. A police lady has had the cars stopped only last year. The tenantshave a private landlord as they were thrown out of a housing society. The landlord said Its only you who has to put up with them. We had cars by the dozen they said it was kids dads paying football subs ?? Smells od cannabis. A buzz that went of if we moved from room to room or went in front or back garden. People lieing in the rd of their head. People in front garden all hours of day night. Put my dad in his grave and 2 other neighbours. Mediator seen all the 7 diaries. Said they can do what they want on own property? She even walks down rd behind me when my mategoes for a taxi. Stand in the dark when i come home with shopping . Sits under umbrella in all weathers. Maybe we should all form our own vigilanty group.
Tiddles - 6-Feb-19 @ 2:12 AM
Hear i am again 4 years down the road same situation night time vibrations and heavy duty fan /pump noise, the environment monitoring equipment picked up on unusual frequencies and an idling deasel genorator noise and now the council have closed my case as they say could be coming from anywhere..iv kept 4 yrs of records on illegal activities such as illegal tobacco sellingsigns of tampering with their utilities suspicions of growing cannabis with good reason and im left with a council who couldn't care less and police who arent interested this is Cornwall drug capital ..i have wasted my entire energy keeping records and reporting illegal activities and still sleep deprived since 2015 living next to the nieghbours from hell who keep a very low profile
Redwhale - 23-Jan-19 @ 11:42 PM
I feel sorry for the “red whale “ comment below as I’m in similar position I live in a semi detached housing association house and had this damn buzzing noise and sometimes the smell of weed for the last 2 years but because I’m very private and quiet and live alone (no witnesses) they think they can do what they want with buzzing noise, it gets turned down if I have visitors they have cameras front and back, I complained and it took 3/4 months for anyone to get access come that time they probably cleaned up and started again once heat was off them and now the housing association dontseem interested when I tried to tell them it’s still there they said it was investigated and they found nothingsooooooo a total waste of time , I’ve tried confronting him (the tenant) and he says can’t hear nothing ?? He would have to be Stone deafif he’s innocent why not help me to find out what the buzzing is?! No he’s just defensive , such a waste of time and I’m stuck with this noise like an industrial fan through the night which is also risky as nobody there at night it could catch fire ,potentially, he supposedly works but I feel there justusing the house to grow weed , I don’t know whether to wait for damp to come through the walls or keep using my brain to try and find another way , very difficult to sleep sometimes but their getting away with this and very hard to get the help I need .
Maria - 2-Jan-19 @ 9:42 PM
the police don't care if you have proof, I've got footage of deals going down and people going into the bushes outside our homes and collecting bags.I offered to give the police footage on a flash drive which is as clear as a bell, you can recognise the druggies and I've even seen them in town.They didn't want it they said they would call and look at it incase an officer recognised them.Doesn't make sense, but they didn't call.Kept getting calls saying they would come but they never did.Still have the footage but they aren't interested.The Police said that people can get over enthusiastic when they have CCTV, I was trying to help them catch dealers!The dealers and druggies know the police don't care and that's why it continues.Its up to us all to try and keep our neighbourhoods clear.Police are a thing of the past.
doesntmakeadifferenc - 2-Jan-19 @ 12:16 PM
Can anyone tell me if a neighbour is cooking making drugs that smells lik hot cooking oil. Its almost constant along with the sound of like fans and also red light that is taken in and out? Anyyelp as my mum is worried. Xx
crafymumof4 - 1-Jan-19 @ 12:28 AM
Registered drug addict lives next door to me, wailing away for hrs. Reported so many times. I live alone but there are families and vulnerable people who live in the block! There should be somewhere else the authorities can house these people. Like a junkie yard! So fed up with the coming and going every night
Sa - 24-Oct-18 @ 11:05 PM
Like wise pippin and all above iv kept logs for almost 4 years now housing environmental and ploice crimestoppers all involved and you know what, nothing absolutly nothing has been done i feel so let down and misserable in my own home as night after night dronning vibrations and what sound like heavy fans and often wierd lighting from my nieghbours back bedroom..trouble is these type breed like rabbits who create a network and wheel and dealing amongst their own interbreeds living in the same community..so many of us hard working people who are suffering the effects of those who cheat the system and make everyone elses life a missery ..and the authorities cant do a thing about it or cant be bothered..wishing i could move from this hell
Redwhale - 18-Sep-18 @ 11:47 PM
I have two in my complex; both people are living with elderly tenants; one young man is is not to live here (a senior complex that one has to be over 55; this man is in his twenties).the other one just comes out and she buys or sells drugs 4 or more times a day.The superintendent sees it and others have reported it, but nothing gets done. The rental complex is doing nothing.Police were called on the younger man, but now he is sneaking in at night; he says he has no where to go; kicked out of 4 rehab centers---BUT he owns a Merdedes Benz 2011 four door car!!!Hopefully I will get help soon. Otherwise many of us will move out.
bette - 13-Aug-18 @ 1:51 PM
4 years of sleepless nights from sound of heat pumps fans etc drunken neighbours kept daily logs had monitoring equipment installed all of which picked up unusual sound and vibrations but nothing the authorities just do nothing i can't move as I'm single in a 3 bed lovely council home and I care for youngsters in my home ..it's torture as you'd like to believe people who grow drugs in their lofts are breaking the law but it has to be physicaly seen for the police to raid ..I'm so down it's unbelievable As this is my life living next to a drug den and alcoholic dysfuctionals
Redwhale - 15-Jun-18 @ 11:46 PM
I live in a house share and one Tennant who is 22 has his mates around 24/7.there smoking weed and blasting music 24/7.ive asked them god knows how many times to stop with the music because I get up for work at 5 every morning. But they don't listen. The lad delivers beers, wines and spirits for a company. I've heard him and his mates talking about using one of the vans that hasn't got a tracker on so they can Rob stuff and sell it on. Also with him smoking weed all the time he is driving under the influence constantly he's not safe to be on the road. I'm sure he was dropped on his head as a baby because no matter how many times I ask him to stop he carries on doing what he's doing. I'm coming to the end of my tether now and it's going to get to a point where I snap and do something. He's so disrespectful of others and this lad needs to be taught a lesson. He is making my life hell and my health is getting worse because of him.
Murphy - 31-May-18 @ 10:41 PM
Been down the route of getting housing society involed and policedone all the noise logs and numberplate taken when possible all info was passed on. They have so many visitors every day andcoming up weekends they turn up early hours of morning it's not just the drug dealing it all the noise of cars arguments doors slamming and loud music for hours on end.Police aren't interesteddon't have resources we were told when I called them out one night to a argument out front with the dealer and some men that turned upthe dealer was armed with police style baton.I just had enough and went out and told the lot of them to sod of.Ended up being threatened.police did nothing.Same with our housing.I now just hope to be able to move on a swap but had problems there when new tennents find out who lives next door.Can't take no more we just want a Peace and in need of some decent sleep.i not willing any more to do lolg sheets or anything else causehousing socierty have let us downso have the police.
pippin - 14-May-18 @ 10:35 PM
My neighbour is vulnerable due to his mental health status. He appears to be suffering from a brain injury but tells everyone he has 'epilepsy'. His shouting, angry rages, manic and throwing himself around behaviours are partly caused by his regular drugs use. His address is rented yet he is being used as a safe/storage house for illegal items. He is seen to be regularly dealing and buying drugs. He does not work (so my hard earned tax payments are helping to pay for this existence!). His choices to get involved in this seedy world have placed him frequently under threat from the dealers above him. Also, it attracts all kinds of shady characters into our other than him, fairly smart residential area. I have worked solidly for the past 35 years to be able to afford to live here. All these concerns have been reported to the local police. Guess what......they have done nothing!
Mungbean - 4-May-18 @ 1:38 PM
Report to crimestoppers, it can be done online anonymously, there's no point putting into on this site!
Mr Smart - 27-Apr-18 @ 7:11 PM
Forgot to say I am sure he sells drugs.
Truth - 26-Apr-18 @ 8:22 PM
I lived next door with drug dealer in Nelson Lancs. Reported many times. Police said there is no proof. Well, it is their job to prove it, but they expect people do it for them. I don't live anymore there, but today passed that street and noticed the drugger came out ofcthe house and went inside a car that was behind the corner. I passed near and felt a horribble skunk smell coming out of there. When will police start watching him? I hugely suspect he grows cannabis in the house.
Truth - 26-Apr-18 @ 8:19 PM
Druggies next too me reported loads of times nothing seems to be done.I can see them making drugs in their shed nobody seems to care
Louie - 6-Apr-18 @ 12:13 AM
You'll be lucky if anything is done to get rid of drug dealers.Even if you report it nothing ever gets done.These drug dealers are free to roam around and cause misery by putting schoolchildren on drugs.Nobody will help you.God help any other parent who has to go through this.It is never ending.
O - 29-Mar-18 @ 9:50 AM
A 10 month old baby is living inside of that crack house where dangerous drugs are being made
Cravitz - 28-Mar-18 @ 6:04 AM
I turned my neighbors in and nothing is being done about it and my neighborhood is turning into a drug dealers Paradise. I don't know what eslse to do.
Bug - 23-Mar-18 @ 3:55 PM
mechanic - Your Question:
Drugs being sold and used in housing association property next door We see youngsters coming and going Also the smell from the windows is skunk like.Not sure where to turn

Our Response:
Talk to the Housing Association first. If no action is taken and you are concerned/it's affecting you, contact your local police.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Feb-18 @ 11:50 AM
drugs being sold and used in housing association property next door We see youngsters coming and going Also the smell from the windows is skunk like. Not sure where to turn
mechanic - 24-Feb-18 @ 4:15 PM
No. I have reported 2 neighbours to police often in 7 years and nnothing done,in fact police bully me etc.Smell of skunk, etc.seen gloves and non stop people up and down causing me non stop harassment..they damaged my car snd fence...hell in leasehold...
Chez - 11-Feb-18 @ 8:12 AM
Name and shame may be just may be some thing will get done ...Sandy hunter and Son Mark Bending 14 Wray ave Liskeard Manufacturing in loft and sale and distrabution of drugs
Jen - 7-Feb-18 @ 12:01 AM
3 years now living next door to suspected drug dealers and manufacturing drugs the constant noise of fans and genoratornoise is hell. .iv reported to council, police and environmental ..needless to say iv passed on plenty of suspicious activities and frequent short visits ..the council and enviro have closed the case what a waste of my valuable time acting as detective and putting up with sleepless nights and horrible vibrations and heavy duty fan noise my health and daily functioning is almost non existant seems like hard work doesn't pay but crime does ...
Enid - 6-Feb-18 @ 11:54 PM
A man who moved in our area last year was no problem, it later turned out he was a druggie and has brought several bad seeds around our area. They just keep coming, and they carry knives and damage everything in their path. It's horrible. There's nothing you can do. A few people are leaving the area, I think that is the only solution when you have scum coming to your area, specially when they don't live there. If only there was a way to keep people like that out. But the cows around our area let them in when they buzz the buzzer.
Mato - 18-Jan-18 @ 4:22 PM
I have drug dealers in a council house across the road been telling the police for 7 months constantly feeding them intelligence but nothing has been done think I will take the law into my own hands a short sharp fix!
TOM - 5-Jan-18 @ 11:35 PM
problem with neighbor stating he is extremely stressed had the face to face jeckly and hyde episodes occur frequently.Goes from nice to extremely aggressive. Suddenly tv fell over in night! this occurred twice and both times said this is an accident. Fire alarm went off for two nights. I dont know about drug manufacturing but there is an issue with now he has had water running off and on turning on taps bathroom and living room continually since 8am what on earth is someone doing with water on like the niagra falls below me constantly hearing pipes all day and constant banging around in every room. im thinking probability from his jeckly hyde explosive attitude he is manufacturing drugs I dont know what to do about it. he exploded at me for cleaning my windows the other day yelling ranting raving pointing at his head that he was stressed. im quite honestly concerned about why he felt the need to tell me not to clean my windows when its not doing anything to harm him. what can I do? he is slamming everything he can throughout the apartment below me I cant sit on the sofa without niagra falls below and every single door banging and slamming. hmmm what to do?
Grace h - 4-Jan-18 @ 6:40 PM
I have two drug dealers living near me.There are also other drug dealers living opposite who constantly smoke drugs on the balcony.Nobody does anything about it.It is an absolute waste of time even reporting it.You would get more response and help talking to a brick wall than talking to the authorities.
Daisy - 30-Oct-17 @ 9:11 AM
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