I heard these were coming to my city. The department said they would be put on some vacant properties in the “less desireable” areas of the city. Imagine my surprise to see it 2 blocks from my house.
Moving on. Cruising the neighborhood DOES count as training. I let a few truckies in the area know about this and now my street looks like a parade route. Either they are interested in the VPS security system or someone is giving away free lunch.
These are not easily defeated. They do not help with ventilation. They do not help with access or egress for us. The properties involved are arson targets and as you can see in one of these pictures the rear porch doesn’t have decking on it. What does that imply about the rest of the building?
My thought is exterior ops, then send minimal crews in for overhaul. Your life safety should not be risked for an obviously vacant building. Get in touch with the company that is managing the property and take a tour, figure out how to defeat these things. I’ve heard they have steel cross bars inside just like the wooden models that board up companies put up. If that is the case you’d need a diamond blade on the demo saw. I would recommend the standard abrasive blade but I think that would dissolve quickly and you might only get 1-2 cuts at the needed depth.
Let me know if you have a trick to getting these off safely.
Stay Safe, and good luck with these.