As Canadians start harvesting their homegrown cannabis, police are seeing a spike in reports of sticky-fingered bandits.
That was the case recently for London’s Mike Nutt, whose backyard camera captured a thief hopping the fence, hacking down his plants, and then absconding, all in less than a minute.
“He’s lucky I didn’t catch him,” Nutt told CTV London.
According to Tanya Calvert, a corporate communications officer with the St. Thomas Police Service, last fall marked the services’ first report for cannabis theft.
“We saw a trend begin and again this year we’ve seen another spike in theft of cannabis plants from backyard private grows,” she told CTV.
To avoid having your plants stolen she suggests harvesting early, installing security cameras and staying home to keep an eye on your grow. It’s also a good idea to keep your plants off social media.
Last month, a Chatham man took it upon himself to deter a potential thief, tackling the burglar and detaining him until police arrived. A similar strategy backfired for an Oshawa man last fall, however, who noticed his motion sensor lights go off and then confronted two pot pillagers in his backyard. The suspects stabbed the man before taking off with his plants.