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Before we go any further we should really address this topic because it crops up so often. Security is always an issue whether you are an outdoor or indoor grower. We have learned before that the best way to secure your grow area is too prepare yourself fully for any event that may occur in the foreseeable future.

Pre-production security arrangements are very important. A sudden peak in your electricity bill may attract unwanted attention from certain authorities that look for these things. This may seem odd to you, but it does happen.

It is now common practice that most countries who still have prohibition on cannabis plants set up special task squads to track down growers. The most often used technique by these agencies is tracking purchasing orders. Many agencies keep a tab on certain grow shops and look through the items that are being sold to outside customers. This tracking requires a special court order but the police can obtain this with ease. If someone has been identified as buying suspicious grow products, then the agency will also try to find out what other things have been bought using the same credit card or another electronic money transfer medium. Many a grower have been caught out this way. The best way to avoid this system is to PAY CASH.

Seed-banks are also sometimes tracked by certain agencies that watch for incoming mail with certain stamps and envelope headers. Sometimes it is not the agency that do the tracking but people themselves in the post office who want to rip you off. IT DOES HAPPEN, and quite a bit as well. To get around this most seed-banks do not head their mail anymore. If your seed-bank does head their mail with their company address it is best to keep away from that seed-bank in future.

If you have done the right thing then you should have all your growing tools and kits bought via cash and your seeds purchased from a good seed-bank that has good seeds and a safe secure way of sending you their product. Many seed-banks use great stealth to get you your seeds. It is advised that you never have seeds sent to your grow area.

INDOOR SECURITY

When growing indoors try to consider certain factors cropping up in the near future. Like visits from repairmen or gasmen. Some growers have a grow room which they can sweep clean in under 1 minute. This means that they have a closet near by where they can quickly move their plants too, if any visitors do pop up.

Always keep your security closet near your grow area. It is no good walking around your house with five or more plants in your arms. It is a bad idea to use your toilet for the backup security area unless you have another one that the guest can use.

Apart from this backup area the other thing you must consider with indoor security is the smell. Now Super Skunk and Skunk#1 are very smelly plants. When the plant is in flowering she begins to stink Hence the name - Skunk.

If you live in an apartment complex then there is no way you will be able to hide the smell unless you have some form of an EXTRACTOR FAN or an OZONE GENERATOR (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1 - This is a home made Ozone Generator.

Picture by Shipperke.

Figure 4.1 - This is a home made Ozone Generator.

Picture by Shipperke.

In some indoor set-ups a fan can be used to extract any unwanted smell away from the corridor outside. It can be pumped through a window or filter to another area where the smell will not be noticed. Not only that but plants love fresh air and wind, so the fan can do two things at once for you. An Ozone generator is a device that can be purchased from most grow shops. It helps to get rid of cannabis odour problems.

Apart from the smell problem the other problem you will have is with fires. Now this is a very important thing to know about. Some people growing indoors tend to use very shoddy lights with even shoddier fixtures. NEVER EVER USE ANY LIGHTING KIT AND FIXTURES THAT ARE DAMAGED OR NOT SUITABLE FOR INDOOR GROWING. Many people have lost their homes because of this problem. Taking short cuts with lighting and electricity is a big no no. I have heard off and met many people who have come home only to find a fire brigade outside who have just finished putting out the fire which engulfed part of the house. The same thing happens in every case. The grower gets closer and sees a number of police officers looking around the room. The fire officer points to the cause of the fire - a half melted light fixture with burnt out sockets. The officer looks around and sees the plants all crispy and black. They both know what this is all about. Why do they know? Because they have seen it a hundred times before.

New Marijuana growers nearly always make the mistake of creating inferior lighting setups. Needless to say that this is because of three things. (1) They don't have the right information because of government censorship laws. (2) They do not have the money to invest in a proper lighting system. (3) They just want to grow their pot quick and fast and cheaply. We will discuss proper lighting systems in another chapter.

OUTDOOR SECURITY

As we have said before the best way to secure your outdoor garden plants is via a shelter. One must also remember that some outdoor plants do smell and this can carry over a short distance given the right wind and the right climate. Most people would not know what the smell is but some DO! Many growers get around this problem by growing cannabis plants that have very little smell during flowering. These types of strains are listed by most seed-banks. Again you should ask about strains that have low smell levels. All Cannabis plants smell to some degree during flowering.

The other thing to do is to make sure that during harvest time you have harvested as quickly and as privately as possible. Standing over a small shelter putting cuttings of cannabis into a big black bag is not exactly the most secure way to go about this. Some people go out to their garden with black plastic bags and drop the bag over the plant before pulling it up. This way you will not expose your crop to anyone. Some people do their harvesting at night. This is not recommended though as it can draw unwanted attention to you.

If you are growing your plant outdoors in the open without a shelter and away from the general public then you may want to create a pen for your plants. A pen made from chicken wire will prevent any unwanted predators such as deer or rodents from eating your plants. Predators are a big problem with outdoor growing. We will talk about pests later.

GUERRILLA GROWING SECURITY

Tracks left behind from your ventures too and from your grow area are the worst give-away for any guerrilla farmer. People just love to walk through the woods and say "oh look a nice track, I wonder what is down there?". Try not to create a track when you go to your grow area. Even by visiting the same spot once every two weeks you will leave a trail that some hikers might see and use. Try to access your grow through several different routes if you can.

Figure 4.4 - This is a picture of a guerrilla grow deep in the woods. The cannabis is hidden low down in the foreground of this picture by Mullummadman.

As a guerrilla grower you should try to keep away from hacking through 100 feet of brambles to get to your grow site. When choosing a spot find an area that is not too dense but not too sparse either. Some Guerrilla growers have even created small grow baskets that they hang from trees away from the public eye. If the baskets are well camouflaged then you can get away with loads!

As a guerrilla grower you should always wear gloves when handling your work. If you have buckets near by do not leave fingerprints on any of these. Also you will want to consider having a good reason for being in your grow area. Imagine that you are walking back from your path, with no crop on you, and a police man jumps out of the bush. He says - "What are you doing here?". Of course you know that there is a river near by so you show him your fishing rod or your binoculars and bird spotting book. There are many things you can take with you on your trip to make you look more like somebody else other than a cannabis grower. Many sites have been staked-out in the past by the authorities. Always check the area around your grow site for any people who may look suspicious.

The worst security time for any guerrilla grower is during harvest time. This is when you must go from your grow area to your home with your growing rewards. Always do this as early as possible in the morning just as the sun rises. Always double-check the area for any suspicious looking people. Pack your buds and plants into black plastic bags (brown paper bags are better) and then put these into a backpack. Walk towards the edge of the forest /woods/clearing and quickly drop your bag down against a bush and cover it up. Walk towards your car and look around again. Drive your car for about five minutes and look around to see if you can see anything. If you see anything suspicious, or anything following you leave the bag and go to town (not home - leave that until the situation is under control again). If things look okay, drive back to where you left your bag. Pick up your bag and put it in the boot or trunk of the car. Drive home carefully.

Some people can get away with guerrilla farming lots of pot. This is commercial growing on a risky scale but can still be found in various parts of the world where cannabis is still banned. The growers usually live deep in the forest miles away from the nearest town.

They may spend up to 7 months out there on their own, cultivating the crop. Recent grow busts by the police have identified some several tons of bud being grown by as little as 3 people living squat in some unknown region of British Colombia.

There is not much more to outdoor growing than this. Most of the elements that you need to complete your outdoor grow are in the indoor growing chapter of this book. Read through this and it should give you ideas about how to treat your outdoor grow patch.

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