Crane climbing

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Crane climbing is the act, usually illicit, of climbing a crane. It is a worldwide phenomenon that was said to be growing in popularity in the mid-2010s, in a category with the illicit climbing of skyscrapers and tall monuments.[1][2]

Canada's York Regional Police view crane climbers as thrill seekers influenced by the popularity of crane climbing video on YouTube, and warns that in addition to putting themselves at risk, crane climbers put the lives of first responders at risk.[3]

Crane climbers are routinely arrested and charged.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Ngabo, Gilbert (9 May 2017). "Toronto police advise people to stop climbing cranes". Metro. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ Barbero, Michael (27 June 2008). "Council Seeks Harsher Penalty in Urban Climbs". New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ Freeman, Joshua (12 June 2017). "Crane climbing a dangerous new trend among young 'thrill-seekers': York police". CP24. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Police arrest crane climber at downtown Calgary construction site". Canadian Press. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Crane climber arrested for taking selfie above Madison construction site". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. AP. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Man arrested for drinking beer atop crane in downtown Edmonton 'just wanted a selfie'". Edmonton Journal. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  7. ^ "3 spotted on crane near Riverdale Park, no injuries reported: Toronto Police received hazard call on Sunday afternoon, site now secured". CBC News. 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2017-06-09. Latest crane incident follows April crane climber -- on April 26, a 23-year-old woman was found dangling on a crane, requiring emergency services to spend 2½ hours rescuing her during a meticulous operation.