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Friday, February 1, 2013

Here We Go Again!

Once again, geocaching has made the news.  Of course, it's never quite in the way we'd like it to be.  Same old story.  At least this time the didn't go for the full-fledged bomb story, but reported it as a suspicious package.


This was taken from the Oxford Mail, in England...





Police closed Oxford’s University Parks this morning after a digital treasure hunt sparked an alert.
Officers were called to the parks in Parks Road at 11.15am today to reports of a suspicious package taped to the bottom of a park bench.
Seven officers, including police community support officers, closed off the park while it was investigated.
Insp Paul Beaney said: “It has been confirmed as a geocache.
“We closed the park down for a few minutes while one of our knowledgeable officers examined the item and identified exactly what it was.”

He could not confirm whether the item had been left in place but the park has since  reopened.
Geocaching involves using GPS devices to track down items, usually tokens of minimal value, left by other geocachers.
Once someone finds the geocache, they keep the item and replace it with something else to keep the treasure hunt going.
He could not confirm whether the item had been left in place but the park has since  reopened.
Geocaching involves using GPS devices to track down items, usually tokens of minimal value, left by other geocachers.

See, it's him, the guy who logs his finds with "Twas fun, thanx!"



Two points for discussion here:

1.  We don't "take the item and replace it with something else".  Obviously the reporter was touching on trading swag, but didn't catch on correctly.

2.  Did the "knowledgeable" officer log his find?


5 comments:

Jim Rinker said...

Twas fun, Thanx

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

First: Get permission for your hides folks!

Second: I hope he did log it.

Third: Notice how at no point did the police, once confirming no danger, was anything blown up, taken away, or arrested. This is how you handle things, American Police.

Fouth: get permission!

Big_Dog1970 said...

Excellent Job Smithers.....
Twas fun, Thanx

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Not the first time in the UK. Someone placed a cliplock box under a square planter in a high street shopping area. Unfortunately it was right outside a cafe with plenty of muggles watching someone slid it back underneath. The whole area was evacuated and the bomb squad called in. Some geocachers just don't think.

Adrienne Rose said...

I didn't know it was recommended to get permission for your hides?? I guess, in my opinion, if you have to get permission, it's probably not a great place to hide it!

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