The truth is, there is no evidence to support the theory that codenaming a location offers it any kind of protection.
Case Study: Chateau Secession
For those familiar with urbex locations, you will surely be aware of the location codenamed as Chateau Secession. For those unfamiliar, this was a large Chateau in France, posted on the internet using a codename. Over the following few weeks the location saw ridiculous footfall from Urban Explorers, while items in the house were moved around incessantly, ever increasing damage was caused, and many items were removed from the house. The situation became so bad the owners, who were well aware of the people visiting, as well as the posts being made on the Internet using the codename, were trying their best to keep people away. The floods of people continued, and the situation became so bad that they felt they had no other option but to use their air-rifles against the trespassers. At least one person was injured after being shot with the weapon, which had the effect of warding people away after that.
Contrast the above to a location that has been named. There’s an interesting bit of psychology behind this, and the result is that massive influx of people rarely happens with named locations. Everyone already knows where the location is, so there is no need to rush, to try to get there before everyone finds out. Weird, isn’t it? But look out for this phenomenon and you’ll soon notice the trend.
It is not people who have seen it on the Internet that cause the damage
Case Study: Cockerill-Sambre Vintage Power Plant
The Cockerill-Sambre site was a huge steal works spread across a large area. Much of the site had been visited by numerous Urban Explorers, however for a long time some parts remained unexplored. Eventually a previously unexplored area was discovered by an explorer who decided to code-name that area of the site “Wet Dogs”, although I am unsure of the reason why that name was chosen. The usual life-cycle of a codenamed location ensued, the location of the site was shared throughout the community and it wasn’t long until a lot of people were visiting. Despite only ever being posted online with a codename, photos started to emerge very quickly showing that parts of the power plant had been torn apart, and damage caused to the machinery. The code name had not managed to conceal the location from the metal thieves who soon ripped out the valuable materials contained within.
In this instance the outcome would have been the same whether the site was named or not, but it just goes to show that using a codename offered no protection. The building had stood untouched by the metal thieves for decades, but was ripped apart as soon as the codenamed location was posted on the Internet.
It is impossible to keep an accurate record without the name and location