Criminals will do what they can to avoid being caught, so they try not to use their own houses to grow, store or even deal drugs from.
They can reduce the risk of getting caught by using your rental property instead.
We are concerned that organised crime gangs are doing just this. We want to work with you to protect your investment and in turn you can help us to make our communities safer.
Protect your investment from the drug dealer.
The cost to you
- Reduction in property value - reputation of the neighbourhood suffers.
- Loss of rent - during eviction or repair periods.
- Damage to property - set up of equipment, neglect.
- Increased insurance premiums.
- Complaints from neighbours.
- A criminal conviction - allowing your property to be used to produce drugs is a crime.
What can you do?
Screen potential applicants
- Seek photo identification
- Check it is not fake
- Contact referees
- Obtain contact telephone numbers
- Visit the property two weeks after the applicant moves in to ensure the person renting it is living there. Sometimes criminals use a 'front couple' who disappear after the rental has been agreed.
- Check your property regularly
- Seek payment through a standing order as opposed to cash
Speak with the neighbourhood who can contact you with their concerns. Report your concerns to the police.
Who can help me?
If you have any suspicions please contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
You can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer (CPO) for further advice. CPOs can provide advice to individuals and can also address larger audiences, if necessary.