I get asked a lot of questions doing what I do, so I compiled this list of frequently asked questions, to try and reduce the amount of message’s I receive 😛
It is completely understandable why you would be nervous trying out urban exploring for the first time, I was quite anxious myself. But after much research and meeting other urban explorer’s, I have gained almost full confidence when entering an abandoned building.
Here are some of the most asked questions and my answer to each one.
WHERE IS THIS PLACE?
If I post something I have found and I don’t put the name or exact location then assume I’m not willing to share it 😛
IS URBAN EXPLORING ILLEGAL IN THE UK?
In terms of criminal law (like assault, burglary etc) no it is not illegal in the UK. It falls under civil law which is completely different. There are some exception’s like Government buildings, power station’s and live army base’s that will be totally illegal if you entered. Be sure to double check if you think it falls in one of those categories.
ISN’T GOING IN AN ABANDONED BUILDING CLASSED AS TRESPASS?
Yes, it is trespass, but trespass is a civil law and not criminal law. The Owner of the land would have to take you to court and prove that they have lost money by you trespassing on their land. This would be extremely difficult to do at an abandoned location. There are some exceptions which I stated in the above answer.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET CAUGHT BY THE POLICE?
I have been urban exploring for well over a year now and have never even seen the Police at any abandoned building I have been to. If you are caught by the Police though then stay calm, do not try to run (unless of course you reckon you could outrun them), most importantly though is to be polite. Explain that you are just taking some photo’s and that you have not caused any damage or harm. You may get arrested on suspicion of something but you will definitely get released without charge. Again, there are some exceptions that I stated above.
WHAT SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME WHEN URBAN EXPLORING?
I don’t usually take much with me personally, but I know some urban explorer’s take most of their household belonging’s with them, including the kitchen sink! You should take the following as a minimum..
- Torch – Very important as a lot of place’s are almost pitch black inside.
- Face Mask – Also very important as this will protect you from the deadly asbestos (P3 filter, nothing less!)
- Gloves – There is often broken glass and sharp edges in and around abandoned building’s.
- Mobile Phone – If you get injured or stuck you will appreciate a fully charged mobile phone.
- Camera – Why bother going if you’re not going to get some snap’s!
DO YOU EVER BREAK IN TO AN ABANDONED BUILDING?
No, I have never forced entry into any derelict property and I don’t recommend you do either. Not only does it damage the property, but it is also illegal.
HOW DO YOU FIND DERELICT LOCATIONS?
The most important tools I use when hunting out abandoned places is provided free of charge from Google. Google search, images and maps with street view are all the best tools available. They are also very handy when scoping out a place to gain access using satellite view in Google maps too. Another great way of finding abandoned locations is actually going out and looking. Just have a walk around a town or take a drive somewhere, you will spot a derelict place.
Thank you for taking the time to read this (hopefully before messaging me) and that it answers any questions you may have.