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Urban Exploring/Urbex/’Roof Topping’ are forms of trespassing onto private land and – most generally – tall buildings, without the occupier’s permission.
Often the activity is filmed and promoted on social media. The risk-taking element is a part of the activity and intrinsic to the sub-culture.
City Partnership: Taking Action
CityCo and the Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) are working with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council on this issue.
Manchester has a defined exclusion criteria in place to deter individuals found on rooftops.
- The exclusion definition is under ‘Reduction of Risk’/’Harm to self or others’
- The exclusion is for Adults (18 and over) and is for 2 years
- Offenders are being be managed through the joint partnership to reduce the risk of repeat incidents
- Offenders are required to commit to an ABC (Acceptable Behaviour Contract). Failure to may result in further sanctions being sought.
- Check the latest risk alerts and intel via the BCRP
- Make the BCRP ‘DISC’ app part of your security routine – DOWNLOAD and USE IT
- Monitor social media accounts and share intelligence.
Brief Teams on Signs and Patterns of Behaviour:
- Propped doors
- Failed attempts to access
- Clothing e.g. business suits, high vis, dressed as delivery drivers, emergency services, hard hats
- Odd phone enquiries, asking for suite addresses, flat numbers
- Unusual behaviours.
- Have you left the keys in it?
- Was it secured as you left?
- Site uniform controlled?
- Foreman’s site briefings – report activity
- Out of hours checks.
- Any walls or fences around the top or sides of buildings need to comply with planning rules
- Permission is needed for the erection of a wall, fence or gate over 1m
- Permission is needed for he erection of a wall, fence or gate next to a highway used by vehicles or a footpath.
- All signage needs to be clear (stating on private land/building), legible and positioned in a location that can be seen and noticed.
- Install CCTV cameras or incorporate as part of the security patrol route around the roof top area
- Ensure entry, exits points and Fire Exits are secure.