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Entry: Abandoned
originally posted by Crossfire

[last edit 7/19/2011 2:47 AM by ilpug - edited 4 times]

Many urban explorers seek out abandoned properties to explore, as these locations some times offer beautiful scenes of urban decay and can sometimes be viewed as a sort of time capsule. These locations can often be dangerous, plagued by rotting floors, broken glass, rusty metal or asbestos. Precautions must be taken.

A property can be deemed abandoned if it has been deserted or otherwise entirely forsaken by those who would put the location to legitimate use; this does not include squatters, junkies, or bums.

Unfortunately, abandoned locations are prime targets for vandals or arsonists.

There is a handful of hints one can look out for when searching for abandoned buildings:

  • Boarded-up or broken windows.
  • Accumulated graffiti.
  • If scouting at night, any building that seems empty and is totally dark.
  • Open windows in the middle of a freezing winter.
  • Overgrown lawn.
  • Missing doors.
  • Decaying paint.
  • Holed roof.

  • Rust on the moving parts of any locks or doors
    On the flip side, some signs that the building you're investigating may not be abandoned:

    • Light/electricity.
    • Smoke coming from a chimney or smokestack.
    • AC units dripping water (during summer).
    • Car(s) parked in the driveway.
    • Evil lawn gnomes.
    • Etc...
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