Local police are urging Shieldhill residents to be vigilant of potential cannabis cultivations operating in their area.
Community officer, PC Gordon Hutchison, said that police are grateful for all information received from the public relating to drug crime and that they will use every resource possible to identify those involved in the production and distribution of drugs and bring them to justice.
He said: "Properties that have been converted to cultivate cannabis will produce large amounts of heat, continually use strong lighting and will likely have their curtains continually closed or windows blacked out.
"To provide the necessary power for a cannabis cultivation, growers often tamper with electricity circuits, which is extremely dangerous and increases the risk of electrocution.
"In addition there is always a strong pungent smell which can be detected outside the premises suspected.
"The chemicals produced during the cultivation process can also be incredibly hazardous and anyone who believes a premise is being used to grow cannabis should contact police immediately.
"By recognising these traits, our communities can help us to find and dismantle cannabis cultivations operating within the area."