Liander and the police rounded up 360 cannabis farms last year

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Liander and the police rounded up 360 cannabis farms last year

Grid operator Liander reports that in 2022, together with the police, 360 weed farms were broken up in connection with energy theft. In 2021, the number of discovered cannabis farms will still exceed 600. Last year, 18.7 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity was illegally tapped. This is almost as much as is consumed annually by 6,500 households.

Reporting readiness lower

However, according to Liander, this does not mean that the number of nurseries is actually declining. Liander works together with the police and the Public Prosecution Service. They notice that noticeably fewer reports are received from people who suspect a cannabis farm. The number of reports via Meld Misdaad Anoniem is also declining enormously. What causes this is unknown.

Fire hazard

The number of cannabis farms discovered each year is only a fraction of the total number. It is estimated that around 8,000 cannabis nurseries are located in the area where Liander operates as a network operator. Every year there are about 65 house fires in the Netherlands that are caused by illegal and faulty technical installations in the houses, set up for the cultivation of weed.

In addition to the risk of fire, illegal connections also lead to social costs. Electricity that is stolen must be paid for by Liander itself. When the damage cannot be recovered from the person who illegally taps the electricity, prices go up and the citizen pays.

Regional figures

The 360 ​​cannabis nurseries detected are spread over the area where Liander is the network operator. These are Gelderland, Flevoland, Friesland, North Holland and part of South Holland. Below are the numbers per province and the top 5 of municipalities with the most detected cannabis farms in 2022.

Figures by province

North Holland: 167 (2021: 310)

Gelderland: 102 (2021: 172)

Flevoland: 48 (2021: 67)

Friesland: 36 (2021: 47)

South Holland: 7 (37)

Top 5 municipalities

Amsterdam: 74 (2021: 135)

Almere: 28 (2021: 36)

Arnhem: 26 (2021: 41)

Leeuwarden: 16 (2021: 10)

Lelystad: 14 (2021: 20)

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