NZ Detector Dogs pioneered the screening of apartments and residential complexes, developing specific training and protocols to ensure the dogs are accurate and efficient at their role. There is no other company in NZ that has the knowledge or expertise to do this and the success rate of our dogs is testament to this.
While the dogs are most effective as a proactive deterrence, we can also use the dogs in a covert manner to in order to assist with Risk Assessment and to enable owners and building managers to determine the extent, scope and most appropriate means of dealing with any detected problems.
We work closely in conjunction with the NZ Police and other companies in helping building managers and apartment owners keep their premises safe from the manufacture, sale and use of illegal drugs.
We suggest that a regular presence of drug dogs on random days and at different times is the most effective means of presenting a high profile deterrent for apartment situations. It is also our suggestion that building managers notify residents that they have a drug dog screening programme in place.
(Trevor Giles)...........He's also a man to innovate and after a chance meeting with Janet Williams the owner of New Zealand Detector Dogs, gave him a great idea to get the dogs through apartment buildings in search of drugs and in particular P-labs. He and Williams used H47 as a training ground to orientate the dogs to lifts, corridors and enclosed spaces.
With the way that ventilation systems work in an apartment building, a P-lab operation could potentially contaminate the entire building. The dogs found nothing at H47, but now come through monthly as a preventative measure. There are signs up in the lifts informing tenants of this and other than the occasional trail of cannabis smoke leading to a front door, nothing has been found.
The idea spread, says Trevor and when the dogs went through a nearby building three tenants moved out the next day. Just recently the dogs picked up on an apartment in a very well-known high-end building which resulted in a search warrant being executed and the tenant being arrested on drug charges............