Why should abandoned buildings be secured?

So far we have been intrigued by the stories and the photographs of the abandoned places around Perth, there is a serious side to these stories that we have to consider also… Have you thought about the implications that abandoned buildings pose? Stop for a second and think about the following few points:

Trespassing – although the buildings are abandoned and its evident no one has resided on the property for years or maybe decades the issue is its private property. It is great to see the photos that people have taken that have captured the buildings in their current state but we have to remember you are breaking the law by entering the property

Accidents – Many of the older buildings are in a state of disrepair, although it may not seem obvious but you can’t be sure of what is and isn’t safe when you are exploring these premises. If you were to find yourself in danger or in a situation where you couldn’t escape you might meet a grisly end and we wouldn’t want that.

Have a look at this article http://www.koaa.com/news/fire-in-abandoned-building-from-transients-in-need-of-shelter-and-warmth-isn-t-an-uncommon-occurrence/

The story is about a vacant building in Colorado Springs in which the inside of the building caught on fire and was burnt down, the sad thing about this story is that the building was secured by the county the week prior but it appears transients (homeless people) have sought to take shelter inside to escape the cold temperatures  it appears they have lit a fire that then became out of control. No one was injured and the fire department isn’t pushing charges as the building was to be demolished.

The problem we see here in regards to the above article and what I mentioned earlier is the trespassing element, the building has been deemed unsafe for reasons not known, the transients caused an additional accident which then involved the fire fighters to risk their own lives to ensure no one was left in the building. We can see here how a harmless act of just trying to stay warm has spiralled out of control, who can be sure of their own safety let alone others for a possible exciting adventure in an abandoned building.

Do the right thing and seek permission first, it will not only ensure your safety but those of others as well.

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