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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Tuesday January 25th, 2022 :: 01:04 p.m. PST


Keep your neighborhood safe from illegal grow houses, Find red flags to be on the lookout for in your own community here:

As much as we like the sign, unfortunately, some people just won't listen.

Dealing with illegal grow houses is frustrating, lowers property value, brings a criminal aspect to our community and could be dangerous.

So what are the top red flags to look for on your own street to help us identify potential grow houses? Narcotics Detective “H” shared with us the following behavior to be on the lookout for :
•Immediate indoor construction following the purchase of a residence.
•Construction occurring during darkness hours and on weekends.
•Construction primarily inside detached buildings and garages.
•No move in of household belongings, appliances, furniture, etc.
•Middle aged men being the only persons visiting the residence.
•Luxury vehicles randomly arriving at the residence.
•Unusual patterns of human activity (persons seldom there, then an influx of traffic)
•Unusual lighting, such as interior lights constantly on, or increased security lighting.
•Large diesel generators on the property.
•Additions to detached buildings and garages.
•Installation of air conditioning units.
•Air conditioning units operating in cold weather.
•Installation of solar panels.
•Installation of solid perimeter fencing, or security fencing.
•Installation of multiple surveillance cameras.
•Overall lack of care and maintenance for landscaping.
•The odor of marijuana emitting from buildings on the property.
•Exterior windows being covered from inside the residence.
•Large aggressive dogs roaming the property.
•Ventilation ducting installed in odd locations on the residence.
•Alterations to electrical panels.

Keep in mind, these are just some red flags to look for. If your neighbor moves in and starts a remodel, it does not mean they are converting the home into an illegal grow house. But we all know our neighbors and neighborhoods and a combination of some of the points listed above may be worth reporting. We can assist our law enforcement by reporting anything that is truly suspicious by emailing [email protected].

Remember if you see something, say something!

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station at (661) 948-8466. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP, “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, and the unincorporated communities of Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley.
Ali Villalobos
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
501 W Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534
Station (661) 948-8466
Desk (661) 524-2154
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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
501 W Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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