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What to do if you Suspect Your Neighbours of Drug Offences

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 21 Oct 2020 | 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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Had an incident reported neighbour anonymously through crime stoppers because neighbour was drink driving and smoking and growing cannabis the neighbours sister came round to my fathers property threatening me and my father I got assaulted by the neighbours father and a witness came forward in favour of me and police ignored it I was issued an adult community resolution for assault I told police I changed my name by deed poll and they issued the order in the wrong name and threatened if I did not sign it I would have to go for a second interview and may get arrested for affray the neighbour stated to police that she was a single parent when she has lived with her partner at the address for more than ten years. Police also mentioned this when coming to our home police were threatening me and my father if we did not stop reporting smell of cannabis they were going to seize our computers they issued me and my father an harassment warning letter also sent one to my fathers landlord and letting agent stating we had harassed the whole street police were also trying to get me and my father evicted. They are currently causing an issue with a surround sound system trying to keep us awake my father went round to have a polite word with the boyfriend and the female started shouting at my father she stated she was in her property on her own and then her mother came out also shouting at my father I called the police they went round to other neighbours to see if they witnessed anything the neighbour told police that I barged passed my father and went outside to go and hit her when I was still in my home police came once again threatening if we did not go for a voluntary interview they were going to arrest us my father made police arrest him and he was released without charge the tried to do him for public order. Police also tried doing me for threatening behaviour I was released without charge 1 week after my father's windscreen on his vehicle was broken no other vehicles on the street were damaged only my father's car and police said because there is no witnesses we cannot do anything we have the brick that was used but police did not come to collect it or see my father. Reported police actions to professional standards and Iopc they stated we apologize in not resolving your neighbour dispute an inspector and area team officer will be visiting your property supervised by the inspector and no one has been nowhere near yet. The neighbour is still smoking or growing cannabis and don't know what to do with police threatening me or my father.
J - 27-Sep-20 @ 9:00 AM
I have lived next to a drug dealer since 2012. Cars by the minute, people day and night sitting in the front garden. My house smelling of cannabis. They have been raided twice ut the police cant catch them . She is too clever for them . Evicted from next street put here by a private landlord. Ex drug dealer. In 2018 a druggy came to my door that was the last straw. I told police and a Special rang and asked for car regs over the yrs. Over night this was stopped. Now however we have a machine going from midnight to noon. It's going now. Iknow where the drugs are taken. All the police say is how do you know its drugs. After the last raid 2 police came to my door and said I dont need to get in touch with them anymore. Could swear they are iffy. Also had united Utilities knocking at my door because they never answer their door. He said the water was going off the scale. The paper dont want to know. The police say it's a council issue. The council have put 2 monitors in mine but it goes quiet. Found out they have to tell them. It's ridiculous. It put my dad in his grave and it's making my mum and me ill. What can we do? I have been down every Avenue.I was told by neighbours friend they had enough money to buy the house but they ponce of the government.I'm writing a book about it.Any ideas would be appreciated.
Ginger - 13-Sep-20 @ 12:05 AM
I have lived next to a drug dealer since 2012. Cars by the minute, people day and night sitting in the front garden. My house smelling of cannabis. They have been raided twice ut the police cant catch them . She is too clever for them . Evicted from next street put here by a private landlord. Ex drug dealer. In 2018 a druggy came to my door that was the last straw. I told police and a Special rang and asked for car regs over the yrs. Over night this was stopped. Now however we have a machine going from midnight to noon. It's going now. Iknow where the drugs are taken. All the police say is how do you know its drugs. After the last raid 2 police came to my door and said I dont need to get in touch with them anymore. Could swear they are iffy. Also had united Utilities knocking at my door because they never answer their door. He said the water was going off the scale. The paper dont want to know. The police say it's a council issue. The council have put 2 monitors in mine but it goes quiet. Found out they have to tell them. It's ridiculous. It put my dad in his grave and it's making my mum and me ill. What can we do? I have been down every Avenue.I was told by neighbours friend they had enough money to buy the house but they ponce of the government.I'm writing a book about it.Any ideas would be appreciated.
Ginger - 12-Sep-20 @ 11:56 PM
.. I have moved twice in last five years since the introduction of online designer vaping and cannabinoid drugs. I’m horrified there are no effective police procedures to control this serious infringement of neighbour’s rights to breathe clean non toxic air, or to prevent continuous sleep disruption when drugs are constantly used through the.night. The perpetrators become inhuman, with respect only for their drug habit. The local police have the nerve to ask me if I have thought of moving..... again??? This truly is a nightmare on Main Street.... when are they going to get their act together and support the victims, not the dealers and junkies...?Any ideas anyone?
Rhonda - 19-Aug-20 @ 2:22 PM
My family and I have had to put up with neighbours smoking, buying and dealing weed (and other things).They binge on it all day long.Two grown men in their thirties, still living with mum and dad (who do nothing about their sons' habits).Nobody on the estate likes them, they have been reported so many times, and the police do nothing. Every time they get reported they blame us, because one time my wife dared to say something to their mother. Typical mini gangsters... gold chains, aggressive dog, vandalism, criminal damage, threats of violence (even to our children).Such lovely people. My kids have had to grow up living with the stench of weed courtesy of our neighbours.To the poster who said to get a grip and stfu... I can make sure my kids avoid the drunks, avoid the barely dressed women, avoid the vomit filled taxies.They can't avoid the man-babies that live next door, and their constant need to fuel their habit.
V.Annoyed - 15-Aug-20 @ 8:34 AM
Keep reporting and where possible get neighbours and friends to report, the more reports they get the higher priority, I have been reporting for a year and just getting somewhere after 3 days of 10 hour weed binges stinking my house out, the fact the same address was reported 3 days in a row had led to them calling me back and asking questions. They are going to send a PCSO to witness and then the police can get involved, it takes a community.
Cambs - 13-Aug-20 @ 9:04 PM
I am staying with a friend in a housing association due to Covid-19 shielding, a few months ago a young gentleman moved into a flat opposite, now there is footfall every 15 minutes or so 24/7 with a break mid-morning, there are doors slamming and people talking and laughing, the communal locked door is wedged open all night. The noisy people coming and going make quality sleep impossible, the police have called round to him a few times, but they are friendy and casual with him, nothing is ever done! He seems without any worry and is happy and gets peace and quiet when he wants it, all the other flat tenants don't say anything but have applied to move, they are scared, and know the Leicetershire police are useless
victim - 12-Aug-20 @ 2:47 AM
I believe my neighbor accross the street is selling marijuana. His crop he grows behind his home must of been harvested because he leaves his home about 15 to 20 times a day in his truck and sometimes his mothers car to make his sales. And there are cars that come to his home I've never seen before. His address is 10609 E. Empire Spokane Valley Washington. I know he is a felon too.
Max - 11-Aug-20 @ 11:18 PM
I contacted cab because of the two flats under me (I'm top floor) causing an awful stink. I know they're doing drugs. I've even found little bits of white rock on the stairway. I'm constantly being stunk out with the smell like burning rubber and chemical smells. It clings to skin and clothing and no amount of air fresheners and plugins cover it. I tried talking with one of the neighbours but he just acted puzzled to what I was saying, denied any drug taking or dealing and the smell continues. Thought I'd get help from this link but it seems, as is in my case too, the police just do nothing. I tried reporting it in April and nothing has happened. It'd probably be different if one of them was suffering because of uncaring unsociable drug users. At a loss in what to do.
UnhappyChappy - 11-Aug-20 @ 3:42 PM
LN1 3RD numbers 3, 5 and 11 are involved in drug dealing.
Dellboy - 6-Aug-20 @ 9:17 PM
Dr Seb and J clearly have little empathy or in Dr seb's case not much of an education. Drug dealing at any level has a detrimental and degrading effect on the environment and neighbourhood. This builds up with all sorts of low lifes hanging around causing aggravation and intimidation. Vehicles visit the properties in the early hours, often uninsured, untaxed and with no MOT.The resentment from neighbours expressed here is because these scum don't have jobs, take benefits paid for by their neighbours who work. Even if cannabis were legalised these scum would still thieve and be a social menace.
Mirror Man - 6-Aug-20 @ 10:00 AM
Leicester police are a joke when it comes to this stuff. Crack cooking and dealing neighbours on the street. They've been reported numerous times, police have raided once. They got let off. Crack dealing continues, he threatens the neighbours with violence if anyone reports him. Whole street is terrified, some of us report anonymously through crime stoppers for fear of being attacked, police have given up trying to solve this issue. Continue reporting the drug dealing and violence, nothing anymore. Destined to live locked up on my house, afraid to leave my own front door. Thanks Leicester police.
JoeJohnson - 22-Jul-20 @ 12:19 AM
Where I live the owner of the house is a habitual smoker and was a dealer until he was arrested and imprisoned in 2010 for stabbing somebody 7 times.He let out the house to pay his mortgage and then threw out some tenants and said he was moving back.Not ideal but nothing I could do to stop him.He put up a sophisticated security system and then didn't move in but a young couple did.The smell of cannabis coming through the walls was dreadful the moment she had her first child.He was dealing and always had a brand new car - Mercedes, BMW, Audi - never worked.They were cheating the benefits system as she claimed to live alone.Then the owner converted the garage and moved in and as he is a heavy smoker the smell was even worse coming through the walls.Lots of people have reported the drug dealing due to the taxis constantly coming but it seemed to have gone away.Then the police found out the male tenant had a second property which they raided and found piles of cash (now confiscated) at.He is still walking around as if nothing has happened and they have returned his latest Mercedes to him.I have decided against involving the police as I am a single parent and don't want the violence but they always assume it is me who calls the police and the abuse I get is horrendous.I am going to ignore any further incidences and sell up and move away from the street - if the police are not going to deal with it after 3 years then they never will.Just feel sorry for those decent people left behind.Sadly Bedfordshire Police are just not dealing with them.
No Hope - 21-Jul-20 @ 10:38 AM
Listen the police have much better things to be getting on with , resources are stretched as it is and all you lot can do is complain of a few people smoking cannabis , get a grip , I have to listen to drunk people on their way back from clubs , women wearing next to nothing , broken heals , vomit smelling taxies you name it, men fighting over a kebabs ! , I can’t find anything more self degrading than drunk tosser in the street every single weekend , well from Thursday usually !! And listen the real threat to our societies and young generations are that of crack cocaine let me tell you !! Decriminalisation of cannabis , crack down on large scale operations sure , but focus the bill on stopping disgusting gangs throwing out crack like smarties ! Now please do get a grip and stfu
J - 10-Jul-20 @ 11:46 PM
if the police dont help ive even got a photo s of the drug dealer who do i report it to and yet noones caresthat ppl r selling ectyet it hit the news when ppl die from pillsdrugs ect
ticketstop - 4-Jul-20 @ 1:10 PM
My next door neighbour is blatantly selling drugs and smoking cannabis. Staffordshire police force are a disgrace and will not to a thing, I’ve put my house on the market but it’s very unlikely to sell due to the clown next door
H75 - 3-Jul-20 @ 5:11 PM
there is drug use at my neighbours place where its to the point where I can actually smell it through my walls and its to the point now where I can not sit in my living room or even have my windows open. I live in Sheffield (s36 2sz) btw
rosegold1991 - 26-Jun-20 @ 10:24 PM
No. 25 PE23 5JE Dealing drugs AND has kids in the house. Police not bothered. Is it any wonder why some of our kids end up the way they do when they have THAT as a role model?
whistleblower - 26-Jun-20 @ 9:40 AM
TS1 3LY, No 57. Involved with drug dealers
Tired - 25-Jun-20 @ 2:30 PM
Greensboro Bellevue st a lot of drugs and prostitution and I never see any police
Noticed drugs - 25-Jun-20 @ 1:02 PM
Police are a waste of time in London and don't take drug issues seriously. Even though illegal substances police do nothing about drug smoking and others just have to put up with it. Noticed a lot more drug smells in my area since lockdown. Mental health has been a big issue for years imagine now with people having been sent to their rooms and had their toys taken off them for several months!
JG - 11-Jun-20 @ 9:35 PM
Now iv read all these notes.realise I will have to put up with cars reving up to take drugs to sell across were I live disappointed.
Dot - 28-May-20 @ 12:52 AM
I have asthma and copd, I have to sleep with my windows open to allow fresh air to circulate. My next door neighbour's partner is constantly smoking something, doesn't smell like marijuana, doesn't have that distinctive smell . But its playing havoc with my breathing!!! I don't even smoke cigarettes anymore, stopped smoking 7 years ago, so my sense of smell is very good .What do I do , I live in a housing association property.
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Edden Cartar - 17-May-20 @ 11:53 AM
We have a neighbor who is a council tenant who for the last 4 years is constantly on drugs we get the smells coming through to our property (witch is not cannabis!) I have cctv due to our house being damaged down to them owing money to a dealer, so cctv constantly seeing cars pulls up a them Collecting from, different people visiting and staying for days/weeks, I’m constantly sending images to council and wen I get a reply they say it’s being delt with, police say the same. Only 2 weeks ago they had there own smashed aswell!
Bish - 11-May-20 @ 8:02 AM
I've had to put up with drug dealing since December 2019. I've informed the police,but they don't seem to care.While on lock down due to this virus,I've had to pass people to get to my flat because there buying drugs next door to me. The police don't give a damn. I've lost faith in them. They don't care
red - 26-Apr-20 @ 5:32 PM
We have just had a couple move in dom rae and his wife Cheryl harkins they moved to river Street and they have already started on there neibours first of all going around spreading story's that this person was some one on facebook who he clearly wasn't causing the person nothing but trouble to be honest we all think it's actually them then you have them dealing drugs mainly cocaine and cannibas people at there house constantly dom seems to think he's some type of hard man picking on the girl who lives below them he was out not long ago shouting and bawling at her and her son then drove of in his car drink driving my mum herd him giving his girlfriend a beating just before he started on the girl below them they are real low life's who clearly make nothing of drugs because they always wear the same cloaths they look like they could have been junkys they have that yellow tinge to there skin there nothing but scum
Lea - 13-Apr-20 @ 9:39 PM
5 years ofongoing hell evenings start up motor then all night humming and buzzing with vibrations i know my nieghbours are running a generator and possible cannabis farm but the authorities wont take action iv been sleep deprived and sufferingfor over 5 years of tormenting vibrations buzzing and droning noise like heavy duty pumps and fans iv talked until im blue in the face regarding the authorities EH equipment had picked up on unusual frequencies and an idling deasel generator but still wont budge for some reason my alcoholic dysfunctional nieghbours are immune from being investigated by Cornwall council and police im at my wits end and im stuck with this as im unable to move its soul destroying and misserable and speaking with my nieghbours dont get me anywhere as they deny because they are doing something thats illegal
Redwhale - 3-Apr-20 @ 12:10 AM
I have a problem with my next door neighbor's cuz they have drugs and they have a white van that keeps coming by every day to give them the drugs
Daisy duke - 26-Mar-20 @ 7:01 PM
Our phones are great for voice &/or video. Do this as your undeniable Proof!
NoOne - 7-Mar-20 @ 11:33 PM
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