I'm not going to try and stop anyone entering and exploring the sites described on this website because basically I can't. However I will make the following points...
- These sites are almost certainly private property and hence entering them is trespass. If you get caught you may be fined, charged and end up with a criminal record.
- Some of these sites may be dangerous. They may contain hazardous substances (such as asbestos or dangerous chemicals), physical hazards (such as unstable walkways or roofs) dangerous wildlife (spiders, snakes) or even dangerous people.
As such any decision to disregard these points and enter these sites is the responsibility of the individuals involved alone, and this website and its owner cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from said decision.
That said, if you DO choose to enter these (or any other) sites please use common sense and consider the following suggestions...
- Never explore an abandoned or derelict site on your own. If something goes very wrong then an extra pair of hands could prove the difference between life and death (yes, death, some of these sites are dangerous).
- Always make sure that someone knows where you're going and when you expect to get back. If you manage to get yourself trapped or in some other kind of trouble you'll be glad someone can tell the authorities where to look for you.
- Try and take at least one mobile phone (cell phone). That way you can call for help yourself if necessary.
- Always take torches (flashlights) and batteries, even if you're exploring during the day. That's torches, take a single torch and it can be guaranteed to fail at the worst possible moment.
- Wear sensible, sturdy clothing that you won't mind ruining. Full length jeans at least, don't go exploring in shorts. Good, strong footwear is also essential - ideally boots.
- Some abandoned sites are frequented by intravenous drug users. Be careful where you walk and NEVER pick up anything that even looks like a syringe or needle.
- If an area looks risky then it probably is. Don't be stupid - stay clear of it.
- Take a camera and lots of photos. This not only documents your exploration, but if you get caught it helps make you look like a harmless enthusiast instead of a vandal or thief.
- Don't damage, vandalise or steal from a site. This not only ruins the experience for future explorers, but leaves you with no defence if you get caught. Police and Security personnel may be willing to let you off with a warning if you're just 'looking around', but they WON'T if you're trashing the place.
- If you do get caught, co-operate. Don't make life difficult for the Police or Security Officer otherwise they may make life difficult for you. DO however...
- Know your rights. Be aware of what the officer can and cannot ask you to do, and what rights you're entitled to.
- Above all BE CAREFUL! Don't take stupid risks. Urban exploration is meant to be fun, it's not worth injuring or killing yourself over.