I've been reading some posts around the site and some people are just plain 'ole dumb! I think it's time to educate some people on SECURITY issues of growing ... getting a "partner" in their growing, growing in their parents house, growing without any concept of the SMELL! I'll try to cover a few issues that stick out in my mind, EXPERIENCED growers feel free to chime in ... because if you can pull off a handful of grows without anyone ever knowing -- you've done something right. #1 - SHUT YOUR MOUTH Growing pot is a pretty ... fine line between "smart" and "stupid". I go back to the people who get a partner for growing, the less people who know the better. The only person you can really trust is yourself, now it may be a different situation for people who live with roommates (like myself), or those who are married (usually you can trust that your parnter won't rat your ass out). But the less people who know the better, I can honestly say I trust my roommates to know I grow but none of them have the faintest idea that I actually grow inside of our house. I live one half of the basement that I've fully furnished, and part of the space I live in is a storage room that the walls around were built with brick. It's hidden, shit, they don't even know it's there it has a storm door on it (Very, very heavy metal door that ... well, is pretty difficult to get through). Summary: Don't run your mouth, you won't have to worry about people knowing what you're doing if you don't talk about what you're doing. #2 - SMELL Invest in a good scrubber or ozone generator ... or, if you've got easy access and inginuity -- run a exhaust fan through a charcoal filter, then into the nearest sewage exit. It smells like shit down in the sewers, not to mention hundreds of peoples houses are connected to sewer lines ... there's very little risk of someone noticing a smell of pot coming from a pile of shit. Otherwise, if you can smell pot outside of your house ... you need to worry about odor. If you can smell pot throughout your house, start worrying about odor, if you can smell pot in the room next to you grow, I'd be willing to bet that you should start worrying about odor. It's better to spend $300 on a efficient exhaust system of some charcoal filters and exhaust fans, exhaust or even a cheap-er ozone generator that drawls dirty air in, mixes the ozone with the dirty air, then pumps it out through your chimney or whatever. $300 on minimizing smell to your grow room is better than thousands in attorney and court fees. #3 - LIGHT Be sure to make your grow is pretty well light-proof. At 3AM, when someone driving by notices a quite intense light seeping through cracks around the garbage bag you put over your windows ... they may think somethings up. Especially if no cars are in the driveway, and the rest of the lights in the house are off ... Think twice. #4 - PESKY NEIGHBORS If you're in a suburb like me you sure as hell can't grow outdoors. Even with my 8' privacy fence that goes around my back yard, I can't even think about growing out back because the neighbors can see my backyard from their 2nd floor windows. A lot of pesky neighbors get their first whiff of smell too ... so keep #2 in check. #5 - THE GREEN And not weed ... I'm talkin' bout money. If you're running a grow op and working at McDonalds ... don't be driving a god damned Porsche or 2006 Mustang Roush Edition. I'm not talking about your personal stash but growing out 20-30 pounds at a time and hustlin' it off. Keep it DDOOWWNN! If you've got a job that can SUPPORT the lifestyle that you live, then not too many flags will go up probally. Just another "rich bitch" who's living better than everyone else. But the McDonalds Burger-Flipper of the Month, who has 40 cars a day stop by the house then leave 10 mins later will start to throw a few flags. Careful ... that's all I gotta say, better to keep yourself high than get pounded in the ass-end by Bubba in prision for cultivation and intent to distribute! #6 - BUYING YOUR EQUIPMENT LEAVE NO PAPERTRAILS! I hate using eBay, but I will buy bulbs off it because the $60-100 for a 600w HPS on eBay beats Home Depot or the local Hydro store to death. If you use an internet based company, watch your ass and don't use a CC! I'll never trust any multinational corporation with my purchase for ... a few HPS bulbs, reflectors, assorted CFL's, nutrients, a few new digital ballasts, wiring timers and all the wire I need. No thanks. I'll pay a little more with CASH at Home Depot on diffrent days, and diffrent stores (I'm in a big city, I can hit up more than 1 hardware store in a few hours time). Some people this ain't possible ... be smart, Wal*Mart sells wiring accessories ... improvise, spending a few more bucks to save a papertrail and less suspicion of a grower will save you in the long run! The gardening store that's just over 3 miles from my house is 100% anti-pot, they even have a sign up that they will inform police of suspicious purchases. I'll by my nutes and soil from them, how is that suspicious? I'm trying to grow tomatoes beyotch! I'm buying tomato soil and a standard nutrient for all gardeners. And if you DO shop local, please please please never go in there with a cannabis related shirt, wristband, hat, or even MENTION Marijuana ... don't go in with eyes cheech red reakin' of dope -- oh, don't bring up Marc Emery's name either. #7 - Grow House or Your House If you're the type of person who won't listen to what I had to advise of, even a minimal risk but still a risk most are smart enough not to take ... if you do go ahead and buy things off the net (I do, for bulbs, but they're the safest thing to order IMO -- as they can be used for a number of reasons), but never -- ever -- ever ship to your grow house! I've got a business adress I'll have most things shipped to, because the HPS can be used for shop lights and quite often they are. In a 40' tall building, 8' flourescents just don't cut it. Be smart, growing isn't hard but the hardest part of it is knowing the few simple things to keep yourself safe, and smoked out. ... that's about all that's coming to mind right now, I'll keep adding these as I think of it. Everyone else, feel free to ask Q's or chime in.