Freerunners – Implications for Property Owners



Freerunning or Parkour developed from military obstacle course training including running, jumping, rolling and swinging around structures or buildings without any protective equipment. This has become increasingly popular with participants posting videos on social media platforms such as YouTube.

As is usual with these types of social media interaction, the thrill and desire to post from famous landmarks is increasing rapidly.

Freerunners don’t tend to break into buildings or scale the outside, they tend to threaten their way past security and receptionists, which can be very intimidating.

So what are the implications for property owners?

As well as posing a danger to themselves, they can damage parts of the building which could become dislodged and fall onto innocent bystanders. These innocent injured parties could take legal action against the property owner.

To avoid this situation, property owners may have to hire additional security which can prove costly.

The trespass is not illegal in itself, so in order to protect themselves, building owners are having to take out court injunctions. A breach of such, is regarded as contempt of court which can ultimately lead to a prison sentence.

Whilst this is a deterrent, it could be argued this just moves the problem on to another building.

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