A recent social media post, extolling the virtues of Free Climbing in Tianjin has aroused legal concern.
The post entitled, ’A strategy for free climbing in Tianjin’ was left by a man called Ma, and was accompanied by selfies and views taken on private rooftops and high rise buildings.
Interviewed by the Beijing Youth Daily, Ma said that he had climbed many rooftops and high-rise buildings including the Golden Valley Center and Tianjin Junlin Building. In some of the photos he posted, he can be seen sitting precariously on the ledge of a rooftop. In addition, in his strategy article, Ma also offers advice on taking photos, such as how to place a camera, how to access locked rooftops, and even how to avoid the attention of security personnel.
The article has prompted much online comment, with many raising safety concerns.
Some lawyers have commented that taking photos on private roof spaces or on high-rise buildings lays the perpetrator open to prosecution on public order offences.
Some suggest Ma ought to get permission beforehand from the building’s owners as they might seek compensation if he damages the building or public facilities during his photography exploits.
In response, Ma said he was unclear about the relevant regulations.