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What to do if you Suspect Your Neighbours of Drug Offences

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 23 May 2017 | 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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disappointing response to comments ! hadenough is right the police do very little or nothing to help ! no point in adding to this . no help from police or local council unless you turn PI & provide evidence yourself !
nohelpgiven - 23-May-17 @ 11:24 PM
I have a neighbour who lives down stairs who is dealing heroin and I want to report him for it as I'm terrified. I have severe anxiety and agoraphobia and barely go out anymore. My husband always locks the door even if he's just going to the shop down the road as we've had junkies try and walk in our house before. We live in a four flat block and they always ring our buzzer because they're so high they forgot where he lives. I'm not sleeping properly either as the door goes at all times of the day and is very loud as it echoes in the hall. I do keep a detailed report of what's happening and have reported him on multiple occasions for animal abuse as he has an Alaskan malamute that he abuses which acts as a guard dog. I've phoned the police on him because there was one time he stabbed someone through the letterbox and there was blood in the entryway but they haven't done a thing. I hate living here as my every move is watched. Every time I enter or exit the building he is watching me. His dog has also tried to attack me before and even though it's only a year old it's massive. I'm so scared and have reported him to the police and council but he is crafty and apparently has more flat he deals in so if he sees someone he doesn't like the look of he goes out the back window to somewhere else. What do I do? I'm not scared of him as he's a coward but I know the dog would tear me to shreds if he found out I reported him. Please help me.
Kerz - 10-Dec-16 @ 11:05 AM
Oh and for the record, anyone else who finds themselves facing high end criminal activity, as, mine obviously was/is I would be very weary of reporting them, in future. After being bundled into a the back of a car and robbed repeatedly for trying to defend my family and after reading that they only face a few years in jail, even if caught, who ever said crime doesn't pay, obviously hasn't come across people operating at this high a level. And to my young girls wherever you are, I hope your safe now and I hope you are better protected than I could provide you, which unfortunately probably isn't the case, I don't believe anyone would go to them extremes if they intended to let us live our lives in peace, as I say I don't believe that this is low level crime, because basically its too well organised and far to consistent to be coincidence, I suspect I`ve actually caused someone with a lot of power problems for this extreme reaction, from multiple sources, was it worth me reporting, basically not, because, the results from my perspective are definitely not worth it, but, I guess that's why they have reacted the way they have in order to discourage whistle blowers, to set an example and in order to keep control over their dodgy dealings. Another reason I know its high end, there is, undeniable signs of police complicity, just like hillsborough and jimmy saville, recently someone has sent me pictures via facebook of my girls, who are now 8 and 10, with massive facial injuries, which is another indicator of high end activity, as they have even gone to the trouble, of setting up a facebook account to send them from and quite frankly, I now have no trust in the local law enforcement. When I tried to report the pictures to the local police station, the police woman on the desk didn't even take them seriously and seemed more concerned with asking if I was schizophrenic than doing her job, so now im seriously thinking of going to the independent police complaints commission.
HadEnough - 5-Dec-16 @ 8:40 AM
absolutely nothing. Further more, I have linked this guy and his associates, to multiple acts of drug activity and robberies in the local city, by way of his associates and after I was bundled into a car boot with my ex and kids after I tried to report them and following being spiked with drugs myself, which I suspect was probably GHB from the symptoms I displayed, which is another issue, what kind of idiot spikes a parent with GHB, when they are looking after young children. Very reluctantly I am now beginning to feel that I will get no closure on this, which was initially why I ended up attacking him myself. Essentially it was for my kids, which he thought he had got away with.
HadEnough - 5-Dec-16 @ 7:53 AM
Been plagued by dealers and addicts for years, reported them to the police, who have done absolutely nothing about them, thereby leaving me and my family vulnerable to retribution, I have been repeatedly robbed and assaulted by various members of their drug community, as have my children,they have tried to goad me and often repeat incidents they have been linked with in the past, every time i see one of them, in order to provoke a response, they also began a stalking campaign, after I told them I have had enough of their behaviour problems, they appear to believe they are immune to every law in the land and that rules don't apply to them, after flaunting every rule laid down in the housing contract they signed as a resident, they think they can mob and eliminate, anyone who is unhappy with their behaviour, including threatening young children, the fact that the police have done absolutely nothing only encourages them further and has basically made me wonder whetherthe local police are actually fit for purpose, as recently at least one has, been sacked for tipping criminals off regarding drug dens, to facilitate robbery of them, which I suspect is only the tip of the iceberg, because, every single time I report an incident the perpetrators always come back to goad me, as if they have been tipped off. One of the perpetrators in particular, sits on his balcony and acts as a look out for all the others, observing everyone going in and out of the building, smoking weed and drinking cheap cider, which I have recently discovered most of the time he steals, then after, my young kids got attacked, he repeated everything that happened, I ended up attacking him, due to this, because, basically if it wasn't him, how did he know all the details etc, this still never stopped him and basically he is obviously a career criminal, who doesn't intend to change. It was after my kids got attacked and him repeating what had happened that I got onto him, but, basically I think he was getting some kind of a kick out of letting me know it was him, it was basically his way of letting me know he had got away with it, hence I had a go at him and even though I put him down, next day he was back harassing me again. The same guy trys to knock on my door at least 3 or 4 times a week, knowing I don't want to befriend him, follows me every time I go out the building, to the pub or shops etc and yet even after reporting him and witnessing him being caught shop lifting absolutely nothing has happened to him, so I`d like to know, what this guy has to do for the police to do something about him, which is basically why I ended up giving him a dig after years of harassment. Basically I thought it would have caused him to stop his stalking, which isn't the case. It comes to something when you cant even have your own young children staying over night at your dwelling, without them being at risk from these idiots and more alarmingly, why have the police done absolutel
HadEnough - 5-Dec-16 @ 7:21 AM
Living within Middlesbrough sick ov seen drug dealers so am I going to name and Shame on here
Bab - 5-Dec-16 @ 1:24 AM
Well I have just been pulled over after a 30 min following by unmarked police car for ' information received that I am involved in the trafficking of class a drugs' I was handcuffed , searched and my car searched , mouth swabbed for coke and cannabis pupils checked for dilation, all because they were informed!!! the following day pulled again 'just routine' I was told I work for myself as a delivery driver for beer cigs etc. sometime odd hours (midnight to 4am on fri & sat) nothing found on me or car or swab If you are going to call the police make sure they are selling drugs ,don't screw up us people just trying to keep our familys above water
timmy - 15-Nov-16 @ 12:16 AM
Well I know wat it's like to have a dealer never door as my neighbour is a coke dealer and 2 weeks O decided to launch a railway sleeper they my living room window I reported it to the police but they have done absolutely nothing
Jinx - 5-Nov-16 @ 4:17 PM
I have a lowlife cannabis dealer living next door to me and he's a fat ugly immature bully who has already assaulted a neighbour and been raided once but still is selling his crappy weed, the council and the police know about him but do Nothing!
Doc - 25-Oct-16 @ 1:38 PM
I have teenage kids openly smoking pot on their front porch across the street.I have seen him sell to other kids and I have seen kids knocking on his door.He laughs at me and waves when I stop and look at them. Our park manager knows and does nothing. Please tell me how to handle this. Who should I call to put a stop to this.
ingramdo1961 - 21-Oct-16 @ 1:35 PM
I can tell you all something about my experience. I had a neighbor dealing drugs in the parking lot of my apartment complex. It was obvious to everyone. He would go out at night, blare his rap music in his car, and occasionally he would turn it off long enough to pass something to people that came to him from the street at random. It was like he was using the whole rap music thing as a sign he was "open". Well, long story short, we (me and other tenants) contacted the narcs anonymously. Within a week, not only was he locked up, but the police were able to bust the largest ring of heroin dealers in the history of my state. My advice: Report it! Send these low life pieces of absolute filth to jail where they belong.
LazerdMan - 28-Sep-16 @ 2:08 AM
M - Your Question:
We live in a street with a couple. They have made nearly all residence life hell. The guy is on coke and sits up drinking all night. Goes to work at 5.30 am and drives for a living, so it has to be in his system still. Not sure how long it will be before he kills someone. The girlfriend doesnt work, yet top of the range cars on their drive and a garage on the estate empty??? Some say it has drugs in there. She plays on a disability has a blue badge yet many of the neighbours are yet to fathom why she claims. Walking sticks appear for the rent officer and when mobility take her second car for a service. Many would say good luck to the fiddle however the couple are bullies verbally attacking everyone one way or another and plays heavily on ponsing. They have sued and claimed against anything an everything. From council work to private builders. Deliberately falling over on a holiday to claim for a return trip - sadly it worked. Kids, social took the first lot and now sadly it's a matter of time for the new child to go. We are now getting a steady flow of dealers in the road and at the local park where she leaves the child late at night to go and collect as the partner is not sober enough to go.There are kids in our road and we do not want to entice dealers into our street. What can we do?

Our Response:
Talk to the police and your local PCSO about the drugs/dealing and drug/drink driving. You can report benefit fraud anonymously here
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Sep-16 @ 12:18 PM
We live in a street with a couple. They have made nearly all residence life hell. The guy is on coke and sits up drinking all night. Goes to work at 5.30 am and drives for a living, so it has to be in his system still. Not sure how long it will be before he kills someone. The girlfriend doesnt work, yet top of the range cars on their drive and a garage on the estate empty??? Some say it has drugs in there. She plays on a disability has a blue badge yet many of the neighbours are yet to fathom why she claims. Walking sticks appear for the rent officer and when mobility take her second car for a service. Many would say good luck to the fiddle however the couple are bullies verbally attacking everyone one way or another and plays heavily on ponsing. They have sued and claimed against anything an everything. From council work to private builders. Deliberately falling over on a holiday to claim for a return trip - sadly it worked. Kids, social took the first lot and now sadly it's a matter of time for the new child to go. We are now getting a steady flow of dealers in the road and at the local park where she leaves the child late at night to go andcollect as the partner is not sober enough to go.. There are kids in our road and we do not want to entice dealers into our street. What can we do?
M - 18-Sep-16 @ 6:36 PM
I live in an upper villa and my neighbour underneath is growing canabis plant(s) under my little ones bedroom. Scumbag!! He is in his fifties so knows right from wrong - or should do. Has a job for the council - yes... It gets better drives a bmw and holidays 2-3 times a year - em wonder what he's doing with the grass. I have put a letter through his door, I have confronted him and also had the police out regarding this PRICK. not much the police can do long process, meanwhile I can't let my little one sleep in the room? What happened to kick there f@@@ing door in arrest and charge. I feel like the person doing wrong for reporting this. Anyone going through this or ideas what else to do?
Neighbour is a prick - 10-Sep-16 @ 9:43 PM
Hi, I am 15. I know someone who is definitely doing drugs, but I just don't know howI would explain to the police about it. I'm not sure if I should go to the police station in person, or ring up crimestoppers. I have no idea what to say or how to explain it. I also get really nervous and I get all my words mixed up when I talk to anyone that I'm not used to talking to. I am worried that they will ask questions that I will not be able to answer. What should I do? Please help.
helpless - 31-Aug-16 @ 12:21 PM
I have consistently reported my neighbour who took the house off my old neighbour who had got involved with drugs from him. It was a small quiet estate not now. The scumbag has already served 3 yes previously for drug dealing. I kept records of all the "visitors" sometimes 20 in a day!! Police told and then crimestoppers. He was raided 14 mths ago and went to crown court for plea & trial preperatio in dec. Heard he was in court in may but on checking found his case has been rescheduledbut don't know when to. In the meantime he is still conducting his "business " even to the point of getting new 4x4 as well as having 2 holidays!!! I am getting fed up of him his wife and the other lowlife who think they own the road n the estate and carry on without the police doing anything despite my information
Fed up - 7-Jul-16 @ 7:12 AM
I am disabledI have lived in my house for 2 years with my partner. We have a drug dealer living next door to us. You can smell it sometimes when we sit outside I have informed the police but they don't do nothing something should be done but I don't know what
jo - 19-Jun-16 @ 5:01 PM
Lola - Your Question:
I want to report a drug dealer but can't trust the police in my town , any ideas how I can I report him with out saying who I'm ( but can't be to the police in my town).

Our Response:
You could try Crimestoppers
ProblemNeighbours - 11-May-16 @ 2:46 PM
I want to report a drug dealer but can't trust the police in my town , any ideas how I can I report him with out saying who I'm ( but can't be to the police in my town).
Lola - 9-May-16 @ 11:36 AM
My next door Neighbour has been selling pills orange one pink one blue ones white ones for food and beer .. so I went to the Cops told them about it am sick of it next door to me and all I got WAS MAN THE DUDE HAS TO EAT SOMEHOW .. Omg am like really so what do you do about that ...
Sick of people next - 27-Apr-16 @ 3:15 AM
Barb, In Response to Barb s son who lives in a trailer court.Call the detective in your town and not the police.
Arumorofhope - 13-Feb-16 @ 5:33 AM
From christmas last year i had a neighbour move in he said he knew me but me being me was unaware of what he gets upto. In a matter of weeks i found he had a stash of money and a box of cannabis that was revialed to me he has a history of dealing, abuse and arrests within two weeks he had people after him. now i informed the police giving him a head start to run meaning i am fast in informing the authorities but he does not know of what i did i hope i did the right thing and i hope i am safe.
rosco - 6-Feb-16 @ 10:41 PM
My life is a living hell, living next door to what I can only Guess is canabis cultivation the constant drone day and night and for almost a year I have been keeping a daily record and awaiting a vibrational noise monitor from environmental health, I did ring 101 only to be told need more proof of other that lights on all night,curtains closed alot of activity around thier back shed but it's the constant vibrational drone and for me their is no escape or let up...never mind the thought on the dangers of living next door iv had nights on end of sleepless nights and all I want isan end to the noise and vibrations that actuallyput my muscles into spasm and twitches ..
Enid - 24-Jan-16 @ 1:55 AM
Barb - Your Question:
My son is now living in a trailer that I gave him. The people next door have been there for one year and they have been causing all kinds of trouble. But the main thing is my son has seen them leaving at 8-9 in the morning and gone for about 1 hr and half then come back. Then they leave again in afternoon around 1-2 and gone for 1 hr and half. Then they leave again at night around 12:00 midnight gone for about 1hr and half. This goes on every day 7 days a week. Son has bad feeling they are dealing or buying drugs. He will not call police because they say my son is harassing them. What is he to do. Please help.

Our Response:
The police are the ones to contact in this situation. Confronting the situation yourself, as a neighbour, is not advisable in this kind of scenario.
ProblemNeighbours - 7-Dec-15 @ 2:20 PM
The owner of my local gym sells steraroids and I think cocain aswell I find used needles in the toilets and lockers regularly and iv signed for a year's membership that I can't afford to goto another gym aswell as pay for this one Team extreme Gosport
Skinny - 6-Dec-15 @ 7:04 AM
My son is now living in a trailer that I gave him. The people next door have been there for one year and they have been causing all kinds of trouble.But the main thing is my son has seen them leaving at 8-9 in the morning and gone for about 1 hr and halfthen come back.Then they leave again in afternoon around 1-2 and gone for 1 hr and half.Then they leave again at night around 12:00 midnightgone for about1hr and half.This goes on every day7 days a week.Son has bad feeling they are dealing or buying drugs.He will not call police because they say my son is harassingthem.What is he to do.Please help.
Barb - 5-Dec-15 @ 5:44 PM
Needsomeadvice - Your Question:
I am a female living on her own for 11 years. The neighbouring property is now rented every 6 months to new tenants which I have always got along with. However a couple have moved in and they now use their back door. The owners have built wooden steps up to my gate and they now use this instead of their front door. I only have one door overlooking these steps and they park their two cars outside my house and have blocked the road several times with their inconsiderate parking. I have tried to politely ask them to move their cars to allow me to park outside my house to no avail. My question is can the wooden steps be removed? It infringes my private life and they now come and go outside my front window. The parking is the main issue but there's not a lot I can do about that. Do the owners need to consult me prior to putting up the steps? Is there anything I can do?

Our Response:
No the landlord/owner can do as he/she chooses as long as it's within planning constraints and complies with building regulations.
ProblemNeighbours - 17-Nov-15 @ 11:02 AM
I am a female living on her own for 11 years. The neighbouring property is now rented every 6 months to new tenants which I have always got along with. However a couple have moved in and they now use their back door. The owners have built wooden steps up to my gate and they now use this instead of their front door. I only have one door overlooking these steps and they park their two cars outside my house and have blocked the road several times with their inconsiderate parking. I have tried to politely ask them to move their cars to allow me to park outside my house to no avail. My question is can the wooden steps be removed? It infringes my private life and they now come and go outside my front window. The parking is the main issue but there's not a lot I can do about that. Do the owners need to consult me prior to putting up the steps? Is there anything I can do?
Needsomeadvice - 15-Nov-15 @ 1:48 AM
the council the wardens the police don't care because she pays full rent on her flat
dale - 29-Oct-15 @ 12:55 PM
dale - Your Question:
My neighbour in my block is selling weed in my block friends of hers will come around anytime day or night to get some bags of weed £5 per bag the police don't care the wardens don't care the council don't care thanks to her im on sleeping tables because I don't like being woke up at 1am 2am 3am or 4am

Our Response:
If there are constant visitors making noise into the early hours of the morning, then environmental health department of your local council should be able to help. The police should also be able to help with the dealing problem. Try them again, if you are unhappy with the response it might be worth asking your local MP for assistance in getting something done.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Oct-15 @ 9:31 AM
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