Pubdate: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 Source: Surrey Leader (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Surrey Leader Contact: http://www.surreyleader.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1236 Author: Dean M. Bay Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n600/a10.html?1139 PUBLICIZING POT LOCATIONS ENDANGERS THE PUBLIC In the Sept. 27 issue of The Leader, the front page article concerning the RCMP's marijuana grow-op initiative caught my eye, It was stated that this program is being used to bring the problem of grow-ops to the public eye, but what concerns me is that this very information can be detrimental, even highly dangerous to any new or unsuspecting homeowners or residents. As the article suggests, sometimes the grow-ops pop back up in the same places, this is true, and it then becomes unethical, even morally reprehensible, to have published these addresses. If grow-op thieves present a danger to public safety, the RCMP is in fact negligent in publishing this information, because it is after the fact. They are not preventing any crime, but providing information which could be used in further crime where the potential victim could be an innocent bystander. I was under the impression that our police force was obligated to do all it could to help prevent crime. This would seem to be contradictory to that position. Furthermore, the article goes on to state that research shows homes with grow-ops are 24 times more likely to have fires than homes without, a blatant falsity as research shows statistically that there is not a difference in the number of fires in homes with or without grow-ops. Dean M. Bay - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.