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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Getting Access to Rooftops (Viewed 1246 times)
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Getting Access to Rooftops
< on 5/14/2013 4:26 PM >
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Normally I'm more interested in abandoned asylums, hospitals and factories, but the past few nights I've taken an interest in rooftops while exploring parking garages throughout the city.


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I'm sure it all depends on the building, but is it normally easy to get to the rooftop of an active building in the city? Should I aim for a particular type of building? (Residential/Business?) Anything I should look out for to avoid trouble/ help gain access?



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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 1 on 5/14/2013 4:35 PM >
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Watch out for cameras or motion sensors,although if I were you I would go for cranes,much easier to access.

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 2 on 5/14/2013 5:50 PM >
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Posted by MrGreen
Watch out for cameras or motion sensors,although if I were you I would go for cranes,much easier to access.


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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 3 on 5/14/2013 5:58 PM >
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Posted by MrGreen
Watch out for cameras or motion sensors,although if I were you I would go for cranes,much easier to access.


it all depends on where you are. Here in Seattle cranes tend to be pretty well monitored...

that being said i end up on the roofs of hotels frequently, pretty much anywhere i go. they tend to not be secured very well, usually just a locked door if that.

however common sense comes into play here, check for sensors, cameras, etc. if the walls are concrete or some other type of masonry, the power and transmission lines for these security measures will have corresponding conduit running to them, normally just mounted to the wall. its good practice to follow the conduit and make sure it doesn't end as a camera, sensor, or automated turret. generally if you think some piece of electronic gadgetry might be reporting you to the authorities, it's probably a good idea to leave and observe who shows up to check it out.

other than hotels, apartment buildings and condos tend to be fairly accessible as well.

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 4 on 5/14/2013 6:26 PM >
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In the uk look for a flat roof then once inside look for the internal fire exits

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 5 on 5/14/2013 6:27 PM >
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Posted by Se7eN


it all depends on where you are. Here in Seattle cranes tend to be pretty well monitored...

that being said i end up on the roofs of hotels frequently, pretty much anywhere i go. they tend to not be secured very well, usually just a locked door if that.

however common sense comes into play here, check for sensors, cameras, etc. if the walls are concrete or some other type of masonry, the power and transmission lines for these security measures will have corresponding conduit running to them, normally just mounted to the wall. its good practice to follow the conduit and make sure it doesn't end as a camera, sensor, or automated turret. generally if you think some piece of electronic gadgetry might be reporting you to the authorities, it's probably a good idea to leave and observe who shows up to check it out.

other than hotels, apartment buildings and condos tend to be fairly accessible as well.

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I explore mostly, but not limited to the Worcester area of Mass.

If a locked door is not considered secured very well I'm curious how you get past such an obstacle. I'm not going to break into any location, although I'm not so sure that's what you're getting at?

Thanks for the feedback!

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 6 on 6/2/2013 5:12 AM >
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active hotels and apartments work a lot. also be careful of just being there. remember urban explorers are pretty much terrorists.

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 7 on 6/2/2013 7:56 AM >
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I second hotels as the easiest rooftops, but I'd probably put office buildings (as long as they're not financial) over apartments. It's probably region specific though. Older is better than newer, but also buildings that are in the late stages of construction or just barely open tend to have not put up all security yet.

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 8 on 7/3/2013 1:17 AM >
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Yeah I haven't cracked the secret to rooftopping active buildings either. The doors leading to the roof are always locked. Short of picking or breaking the lock I don't know of to get up there.

My rooftopping experience is only limited to multi level parking lots, construction sites and abandoned buildings

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 9 on 7/17/2013 7:13 AM >
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It all depends where you are from my experience. For more street level rooftops just look for graffiti! When I was backpacking around Canada a lot of the travellers always said "if there is graffiti someone found a way up" it's common sense really. For getting on high rises, apartment buildings a little social engineering, or acting are a handy skill to have at hand. Looking at the back of older buildings there are often stairwells which often lead to a ladder for rooftop access. Although, I'd watch out as the ladders can often be quite flimsy and ready to fall off at any minute.

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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 10 on 8/2/2013 6:58 PM >
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External for escape ladders are usually a sure way up, but as someone mentioned theycan be flimsy/Uunsafe so just watch out.

Hotels aren't too hard to get up though lately they've put up signs warning of fire alarms being set off if opened. Don't know if they're there to scare off people but never risked it

I've only been once but construction cranes offer crazy views, go late like 3/4, but don't stay too late as construction crews start their day early- in my case we barely got out before trucks started driving in at 530




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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 11 on 8/2/2013 7:06 PM >
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Posted by lowercasenumber
External for escape ladders are usually a sure way up, but as someone mentioned theycan be flimsy/Uunsafe so just watch out.

Hotels aren't too hard to get up though lately they've put up signs warning of fire alarms being set off if opened. Don't know if they're there to scare off people but never risked it

I've only been once but construction cranes offer crazy views, go late like 3/4, but don't stay too late as construction crews start their day early- in my case we barely got out before trucks started driving in at 530




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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 12 on 8/6/2013 10:04 AM >
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Posted by Steed
I second hotels as the easiest rooftops, but I'd probably put office buildings (as long as they're not financial) over apartments. It's probably region specific though. Older is better than newer, but also buildings that are in the late stages of construction or just barely open tend to have not put up all security yet.


this.

also a few minor things can work in your favour.

try looking the part. if you look like a 9-5 office rat like everyone else then you probably are as far as any one else is concerned.

check the building directory in the lobby/foyer if there is one. if you get stopped you can have a 'very' rough cover story, even something vaguely plausible is better than nothing. bonus points for researching the tenants before you hit the building.

older building means easier. usually.

the bigger the building(active business), the more varied the tenants, the more likely is 99% of the people, including security, have no idea who anyone is. even people from the same company don't know each other or everyone or even give a shit. again. look like a rat like they do and they won't give you a second thought.

most pir or door sensors are killed during the 9-5pm work week and if not are usually ignored during working hours because the time it takes to go check a fire door on level 10 is not worth it to find bob from 'envelopes r us' in the stairwell smoking or on the phone to his mum.

people are lazy. and no one wants to get involved in anything that has nothing to do with them. so make it easy on everyone. and yourself. look like a rat and do active business towers during business hours....best around 9.30am just after rush hour and when people are glued to their computer or in a meeting.



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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 13 on 8/7/2013 2:10 PM >
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Posted by hatsumi
check the building directory in the lobby/foyer if there is one. if you get stopped you can have a 'very' rough cover story, even something vaguely plausible is better than nothing. bonus points for researching the tenants before you hit the building.


I'm almost ashamed that these have worked.

Once, trying to get into a high-rise condo with a secured door, I checked the building directory. I picked one name from the board and called another on the same floor, explaining over the intercom that I was a friend of the first name and was trying to pay a surprise visit.

The door buzzed open and in I went.

Another time, at an old folks high-rise, I simply stood in the entryway pretending to talk to my Nana on the phone until some grizzled old bastard just let me in. (I thanked him profusely (and told my Nana not to get up) but I really wanted to tell him, "DON'T DO THAT, MAN!")

Cell phones are great. I stood around outside the lobby of some high-rise student housing arguing with my imaginary friend about how he wasn't ditching me again until I could "yoink" in behind someone who lived there. I even added that to my exasperated phone call. "Yeah, and now someone's let me in [thank you!], so I'm on my way up and I'm going to catch you doing something embarrassing and you're going to cry and then you'll come out with me anyway, so there!"

Businesses, during business hours, can be a breeze as well. The ONE time security started to take an interest in us as we walked toward the desk, I launched into a tirade about "Jason in Production Support" and how he fucked up my project AGAIN!" Guard decided I was legit and up we went without any further hassle.

Looking the part in a business IS key. I'm currently working on modifying a laptop case that I found at a thrift store into a dedicated office camera bag with foam cut-outs for the camera, an extra lens, and some beers and whatever else.


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Re: Getting Access to Rooftops
<Reply # 14 on 8/7/2013 2:58 PM >
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Posted by NotBatman
Looking the part in a business IS key.

Dressing nicely actually helps a lot with exploring in general. I have an office job that I dress business casual for, and I hang on to some of my retired pants, shirts, belts, and leather shoes to wear exploring. I don't always do it, and never if I'm going to be crawling through tunnels or getting wet or just hanging out in some easy low risk spot, but it has helped one time in a police encounter and definitely helps on semi-active campuses. If you're wearing camo pants and combat boots and a death metal t-shirt and have green hair and ear gauges or a hipster beard, good luck with a lot of explanations that otherwise have a better chance of working out for you.

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