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UER Forum > UE Tutorials, Lessons, and Useful Info > Important signs/clues to keep an eye out for? (Viewed 4177 times)
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Important signs/clues to keep an eye out for?
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Perceptiveness is obviously very important on any exploration. There's the basic things to look out for like needles, fresh litter, hell holes, etc.. But what subtler hints do you look for?

For example, I read here that glass debris is sometimes used as a homemade alarm system. Now when I explore, whenever I see a bunch of glass on the ground, I try to find an obvious source (broken door frame, window, or otherwise). Do you guys have any other unique "tells" like this? Indirect signs that most wouldn't know to look out for... stuff like that




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It depends on what you're looking for exactly. If you're talking about conditions I always watch the ground for holes or covered dangers. Also I pay attention to how soft the ground is and assume all ground around the area is the same just for added comfort to know how stable a place may or may not be. There's really not a lot to say besides just keep your eyes opened, use your head, and trust your gut. I thought I knew my surroundings pretty well this last Saturday but was mistaken as I took a nice slice up the leg from a huge shard of metal coming out of the side of a tire.




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Anything done after abandonment like new conduits or railings. Cameras first on the outside of the property, then the building, and if there are any inside the building then it's probably too late. And always make sure that what you're walking on is actually there.




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I guess these are more tips than anything else, but these are only a handful - there are tons of them!

Check the kilowatt box for any activity. A couple of kilowatts being used is probably nothing, but a steady uptick in the kilowatts might be an issue, or at least a reason to be extra careful.
When looking for clues/assurances that a place is abandoned (this mostly applies to houses), check the mail box. If there are cobwebs, that's a good sign. Recent letters are a bummer.
In general, one of the first things I do in a place is look for anything with a date on it (expiration dates, inspections dates on fire hydrants or vehicles, etc).

Don't smoke inside a building if you want to be stealthy. Anyone else will smell it and it lingers. I've heard of people getting caught and/or detected that way. I've been alerted to someone else's presence by smelling their smoke.
Never let a door close behind you if you aren't positive it's unlocked and be especially careful if the door is one that has spring tension that will shut after you pass through it. This mostly applies to the more industrial locations (rooftops too!).
For really large or labyrinthine locations, I keep chalk in my bag in case I need to leave "breadcrumbs" to find my way back out without leaving permanent marks.


*Lastly, I've mistaken a place for abandoned when it wasn't more than once. It's easier to do than you would think, so be extra careful - especially with houses!




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If there is more than one level/floor, aside from the floor I keep a real good eye on the ceiling because the ceiling is the floor in the next level/floor.

Seeing the ceiling helps, in knowing the condition of the next level/floor.



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I guess these are more tips than anything else, but these are only a handful - there are tons of them!

Check the kilowatt box for any activity. A couple of kilowatts being used is probably nothing, but a steady uptick in the kilowatts might be an issue, or at least a reason to be extra careful.
When looking for clues/assurances that a place is abandoned (this mostly applies to houses), check the mail box. If there are cobwebs, that's a good sign. Recent letters are a bummer.
In general, one of the first things I do in a place is look for anything with a date on it (expiration dates, inspections dates on fire hydrants or vehicles, etc).

Don't smoke inside a building if you want to be stealthy. Anyone else will smell it and it lingers. I've heard of people getting caught and/or detected that way. I've been alerted to someone else's presence by smelling their smoke.
Never let a door close behind you if you aren't positive it's unlocked and be especially careful if the door is one that has spring tension that will shut after you pass through it. This mostly applies to the more industrial locations (rooftops too!).
For really large or labyrinthine locations, I keep chalk in my bag in case I need to leave "breadcrumbs" to find my way back out without leaving permanent marks.


*Lastly, I've mistaken a place for abandoned when it wasn't more than once. It's easier to do than you would think, so be extra careful - especially with houses!


These are good tips. I like the kilowatt box check and expiration date checks. Clever.

I don't smoke, but I know that it is a dead giveaway. You can see lighted cigarette for at least a thousand meters.

As mentioned in another thread, I made the mistake of allowing a roof access door close behind me. I always check now.

I have used chalk once or twice, but an old patrol tactic is do a 180 every so often to see what the are looks like as if returning. It can be challenging in the woods or in a large building.





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