Police warned of the risk of drug syndicates using rental properties as drug factories in a presentation to the Real Estate Institute of the ACT today.
Police said careful checks of credentials and references of any potential renter was one way to guard against properties being used for illicit purposes.
Detective Sergeant Dave Allen, from ACT Policingâ€™s Operations Monitoring and Intelligence Support team, also said property managers needed to keep an eye out for signs of drug manufacture and cultivation during their inspections. The main sign appears to be excessive amounts of chemicals as well as the presence of laboratory equipment.
“Of course any premises with unusually large quantities of any chemicals should be reported to police immediately,â€ Det Sgt Allen said.
He advised agents not to touch anything in the premises, nor to deactivate any equipment, but to leave the premises immediately and contact police with details of the property for investigation.