Signs of meth lab
Meth labs are often in highly populated residential areas so it is important to report any signs of a meth lab or other illegal drug activity. Neighbors living near a meth lab often notice unusual behavior of their neighbors and chemical like smells.
Some warning signs of a meth lab house include:
• Frequent visitors at all times of the day or night, for short durations
• Denied access to the area and/or paranoid behavior
• Covering and blacking out of windows
• Chemical smells not normally found in residential areas. (i.e paint thinner, vinegary smell)
• Large amounts of household chemicals
• Waste with a large number of cold(flu) packaging
• Significant amount of Coffee filters
• Glass containers with dried chemical deposits remaining
• Frequent burning of waste materials
• Pillowcases and sheets that are stained red
• Occupants appear secretive about activities
• Extensive security at the home or signs that indicate "Private Property" or "Beware of Dog", fences, large shrubs, bushes and trees
• Occupants go outside the house to smoke cigarettes
How do you know when your property has or is being used as a meth lab.
• Unusual chemical smells that are not normally present in the area
• Numerous chemical containers (labeled solvent, acid, flammable) stored or stockpiled
• Glass equipment and cookware
• Plastic or glass containers fitted with glass or rubber tubing
• Numerous cold tablet packages lying around or in the rubbish
• Portable gas tanks or other cylinders not normally seen or used in the area
• Chemical stains around the household kitchen sink, laundry, toilet or stormwater drains
• Yellow/brown staining of interior floor, wall, ceiling and appliance surfaces
• Mostly closed and/or locked room doors
The presence of methamphetamine is a significant fire risk to your dwelling.
If you notice any of these signs of a meth lab it is important to report it immediately to the proper authorities and keep your neighborhood and family safe.