Sadly we know that in the school summer holiday’s children find abandoned buildings an interesting place to play. Some abandoned places are inherently more dangerous than others (a giant factory as opposed to a garden tool shed in your neighbour's back garden, for instance), but every deserted space has the potential to cause harm.
Abandoned Houses and Apartment Buildings
Though abandoned houses and apartments can be particularly tempting to explore, they hold countless dangers such as:
- They're often used by drug-users or vagrants, particularly in urban areas
- Abandoned houses are prime locations for prostitution and gang activity
- Their structures are not kept up, making them vulnerable to collapse
- They're fire hazards (particularly to neighbouring buildings)
While abandoned factories may look harmless enough, they're full of risks, including:
- Toxic waste is often left behind
- They're susceptible to collapse and arson
- Underground storage tanks can leak hazardous materials into groundwater
- Broken windows and falling support structures can cause injury
- Stairwells may not support a person's weight
PCSO Ben Churcher has been in contact with businesses in the Wokingham Borough area ensuring awareness of children playing in any abandoned buildings and to contact the police. This would also apply to any member of the public if they see children playing in abandoned buildings.
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