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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram357 View Post
    they make geocaching seem so evil.
    On the contrary, I think the ill-informed,ignorant and ill-concieved notions of other geocachers who are placing these caches is the REAL evil and not the police. I am glad they are doing their job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    On the contrary, I think the ill-informed,ignorant and ill-concieved notions of other geocachers who are placing these caches is the REAL evil and not the police.
    unfortunatly, I agree

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    Slate provided this link to another article in today's newspaper.

    http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/0...scavenger.html
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    We just returned from eight days of caching in southern Georgia and northern Florida. We logged about 150 caches to reach a new milestone for Macfriends. In this area we came across so many "mindless caches" under light poles, in the bushes, on electrical boxes, on gas and water pipes. These were all in high muggle areas such as at gas stations, in front of convenience stores, Home Depot, Lowes and on private property - what's the point. Other caches we found were ammo boxes that just seemed to dropped in the brush near the side of the road or a short way down a trail. these may or may not have been on private property. We felt very uncomfortable in most of these areas. It's these kinds of thoughtless caches that are going to become a problem in the future. I was tempted to send a copy of Brdad's posting of Rules of Geocaching but we already have one of these geocachers pissed-off at us so we have refrained for now. We keep saying that the best caching in the country is in New England and especially in Maine - let's keep it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    On the contrary, I think the ill-informed,ignorant and ill-concieved notions of other geocachers who are placing these caches is the REAL evil and not the police. I am glad they are doing their job.

    Haffy, when you have a minute tell me how you feel about those "other cachers."

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    Has anyone here read Richard Preston's, "The Cobra Event"? Great fictionalized story of bio-terrorism. He also wrote "The Hot Zone", which was made into a movie. "The Cobra Event" is even scarier.

    All this talk about containers and urban micros made me think of it. The concerns here regarding geocaching highlight points made in the book.

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    I think Geocaching contains alot of elements that alarm police.
    • Secrecy, people stalking around trying not to look conspicuous while searching for a cache.
    • High tech gadgetry, even though its becoming more common place, people walking around with GPS's, handheld computers and such do draw attention, especially if they are engaged in being secretive.
    • The cache itself. Some experienced and well intentioned cachers put lots of thought into concealing caches, urban or not. No matter where that container is hidden it will raise suspicion by muggles if discovered. The fact that the container is camoflagued would indicate that it was not suppose to be found making it all the more suspicious.
    I believe GeocachingMaine.org has taken appropriate steps by organizing and creating a strong support base for geocaching. The question I now have is, "How do we get out the message that geocaching is safe and this is how we can make it better?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram357 View Post
    they make geocaching seem so evil.
    I don't see it as evil. I think they just want people to understand that this behavior is not insignificant. Unfortunately, it is hard for people to tell the difference from geocaching fun and potentially placing something harmful. It is unfortunate, but it really doesn't surprise me - it has just been a matter of time.

    They are indeed, doing their job. It reminds of the daily fire alarm pulls that are happening at my son's school. Though it is very unlikely that there is a problem I would be upset if appropriate attention was not paid to the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurs*-R-*Fun View Post
    The question I now have is, "How do we get out the message that geocaching is safe and this is how we can make it better?"
    I agree - here is an opportunity for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    I agree - here is an opportunity for sure.
    I think our board can help with this. If we work together, further education may be the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    I don't see it as evil. I think they just want people to understand that this behavior is not insignificant. Unfortunately, it is hard for people to tell the difference from geocaching fun and potentially placing something harmful. It is unfortunate, but it really doesn't surprise me - it has just been a matter of time.

    They are indeed, doing their job. It reminds of the daily fire alarm pulls that are happening at my son's school. Though it is very unlikely that there is a problem I would be upset if appropriate attention was not paid to the situation.

    Give me the pile of sticks at the end of a great walk in the woods!!
    I meant that statement more along the lines from the article making geocaching look evil, I know they're doing their jobs, but the writeup makes it look like a secret society of anarchists, they have the hotline at the bottom to report caching activity and everything...
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