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Thread: Geocache Mistaken as Bomb

  1. #11
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    Lonoke Police

    I met with the Lonoke Police yesterday and they thought it was funny that Conway went to the extreme of blowing it up, but they took the information I gave them and said thanks for letting them know. I left copies of the news articles that were just released in NW Arkansas, the brochure "Let's Go Geocaching" and a list of all the caches in Lonoke. All but one of these are mine and that one is a virtual. I work right next door to the Police station so that were real nice about it and didn't say I had to identify the can with anything in particular. I think I will let them know if I add any more or if any one else does just to keep them informed though.
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  2. #12
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    I have labeled the exterior of my only full size cache (the only one left that is) with my full name, phone number and email. I don't really like putting my personal info on there, but until a better option comes along I guess I have no choice. I put too much effort into my caches to have another one destroyed.

    I have not and will not label my micros. For one this would compromise the camo on some. For another no police officer is going to mistake a film canister for a bomb, are they?

    The police chief emailed me again yesterday and suggested we consider using plastic "see through" containers.

    I like LE suggestion of giving them a map of the caches. But, it would need to be updated a lot. And, what if a new one was not on the map? Would they blow it up?

  3. #13
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    I have just returned from a meeting with the Searcy Police. Although they take any "suspicious" container seriously, they believe that simply labeling the caches telling what it is(a geocache) and putting contact information on the outside of the cache will suffice. I ask if that meant a telephone number and he said that an email address would be sufficient. I certainly will start immediately to comply. He did not ask for the location of any caches already in place or to be informed of any new caches in the future. He is going to inform the patrolmen of the possibility of someone reporting a suspicious container and also that they may get a call of a person acting suspicious(not that a geocacher would ever look suspicious). He now has my name and telephone number, as well as email address, and will contact me if there are any new developments. He half jokingly said that it sounded like a lot of fun and that some of the officers might want to start geocaching. I encouraged him in that regard. I believe that having the police themselves geocaching would help resolve this problem far more than anything I could possible do. As of now, it appears that Searcy will not have a problem with geocaching.

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    Anyone with contacts in Little Rock

    Does anyone have a contact with the Little Rock Police? It might be good to contact each of the respective Police/Sheriff Departments.

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodwalker9
    Gaddiel, I intend to purchase the printable bumper stickers tomorrow to be placed on all my caches. I also intend to visit with our police chief on this subject this week. Like you stated in one of your earlier post, I too am hesitant to place my name and telephone number on the outside of my caches and I just wondered what information you included on your stickers. Of course, I will comply with the directives from our police department, but I hope that a screen name and email address will suffice. I'll post more after my meeting with our police chief.
    We just put our username and email address. The main thing they need is a label that CLEARLY denotes that it's a geocache (rather than something else...)
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  6. #16
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    Gaddiel, that's the same information that Searcy Police wanted placed on the outside of caches in Searcy. I'm in the process now of marking all my ammo boxes using the bumperstickers that you suggested. Thanks.

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodwalker9
    Gaddiel, that's the same information that Searcy Police wanted placed on the outside of caches in Searcy. I'm in the process now of marking all my ammo boxes using the bumperstickers that you suggested. Thanks.
    Most of the thanks should go to arkansas_stickerdude, for making this template available. I will probably design my own personalized version eventually, but I like this one pretty well for now...
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