Those who Geocache...beware...

The devices that promoted the Boston bomb scares yesterday reminded me of a story that happened just about month ago in Murphy, TX.  A colleague of mine blogged about a similiar incident a month ago when a Geocache article was termed as a "Suspecious Device".

As I listen to all the flap about this latest incident, it's hard to determine where the line is in all of this. One one hand I'm hearing numbers like, 1/2 million was spent on this latest scare and the person planting the devices is responsible.  Are they going overboard on this?  Some would say, no way, especially in light of 9/11.  Others would argue that we are going a bit overboad.

 

Back to Geocaching.  The premise of geocaching is to hide some items, record the location with GPS coordinates, post that information at Geocaching.com and allow weekend warriors to find the items.  It's a healthy fun activity for families to do on a weekend day.  Our family will take a picnic and make a great day out of it.  The kids get exercise and lean some new things.  A lot of times, these items are hidden in ammo containers (to keep out the elements), often with cammo aound it to help hide it.  To the unsuspecting individual, it may appear threatning.  That's why it's important to always follow the rules if you ever decide to hide or re-hide a geocache.

 With more of these incidents happening, I'm getting concerned about something like a fun harmless Geocache object implying the wrong thing and landing someone in jail or with a hefty fine.  Hopefully Geocachine doesn't become a thing of the past.


 

Comments:

This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts. It is completely unavoidable; the set of suspicious looking objects is so much larger than the set of actual terrorist devices that we should expect it fairly often. There is no point in getting all out of joint because of it, it is simply the cost of dealing with the current situation. Will we soon see laws that make it a felony to forget your briefcase at a bus stop?

Posted by Brian Utterback on February 01, 2007 at 01:11 AM CST #

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