you have a drug house in your neighborhood?
by C.J. Crawford
Drug houses don’t
just happen in other neighborhoods. There are drug houses in all types
four things that make a drug house:
- a product
to sell (Meth, Crack, Marijuana, etc…)
- a dealer
to sell it (Pusher, Parasite, Criminal, etc…)
- a customer
to buy it (User, Addict, Moron, etc…)
- a location
to sell it from (House, Car, Street Corner, etc…)
have very little control over Product or Buyer but with unified effort
they can certainly affect Seller and Location. Drug dealers look for Locations
where neighbors do not communicate and where they isolate themselves.
This makes it easy to intimidate those neighbors that do notice drug activity.
Drug dealers like neighborhoods that say, “It can’t happen
here.” Money is a key element for the drug dealer. If they establish
a drug house in a neighborhood where kids and adults have money to buy
drugs, business will thrive.
the warning signs of drug activity in the neighborhood?
- Excessive foot
traffic to and from a house or property
- Loitering in
or around a house
- Frequent and unusual
traffic patterns such as: Stop - Enter – Leave
- Traffic frequently
stops and a resident comes out and talks briefly with occupants of car
- Threats or intimidation
connected to a residence
- Open exchange
of drugs and money
- Gang activity
in the neighborhood
- Graffiti on structures
in the area
- Sudden increase
in criminal activity
you do if there is a drug house in your neighborhood?
Log all activity
connected to the suspected drug house. Record the following types of information:
- Dates and times
- Style, Make, Color
and License Plates of vehicles that visit the residence
- Note whether or
not the person or vehicle is a repeat visitor
- Describe persons
as thoroughly as possible – age, race, height, weight, etc…
- Describe the activity
you are seeing
- Weapons being
Provide this information
to the police.
Speak with property
owners about problems that the tenants are causing for you and your neighbors.
If you are having problems, the property owner is probably having problems
too. Most drug dealers are not home owners. They want to be able to move
easily if the police become interested in them. They have no interest
in cleaning and maintaining the home because they don’t intend to
occupy it long. The Health Department, Public Works and Code Enforcement
are all helpful agencies that you may call with problems that might be
arising such as; trash, tall weeds, derelict vehicles, no water or electricity
or unsafe structures.
is the best way to stop drug houses!
You can reduce the
chance that a drug house moves into your neighborhood. One of the tools
of the drug dealer is intimidation. There is safety in numbers. Start
a Neighborhood Watch and get to know your neighbors. Meet and know your
Police Officers. As problems develop in the neighborhood, work with law
enforcement to resolve them quickly.
thanks to Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma Bureau of narcotics
and Dangerous Drugs Control for their helpful pamphlets and websites.]
C.J. Crawford, GPD, is DFG Board Member, Past President and member of
Public Education Committee.
Drug Free Greenville
4207 Wesley Street
Greenville, Texas 75401
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