Tip for young players: don’t place your cache near a building in the city with CCTV cameras.
I’ve just spent 90 minutes with the police explaining geocaching, convincing them it’s not a problem, and viewing CCTV footage to confirm the guy was holding a GPS.
I’ve logged the cache as “Needs Maintenance“.
Update: The New Zealand police have issued a press release:
New Zealand Police Alert 6:00pm 13 Feb 2008 Auckland City
Location of incident: MAYORAL DRIVE, AUCKLAND CITY
Incident type: SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE
At approximately 6pm this evening the Defence Force revealed the suspicious package located in Mayoral Drive was not explosive nor a danger to any member of the public.
All cordons have been lifted from the area and Police and Defence staff have dispersed. The package is believed to be a ‘Geocache’. A ‘Geocache’ is apparently an electronic package used by computer buffs that can be tracked electronically around the world. The computer buffs use them as a form of entertainment.
Issued By: Inspector Gary Hill
The didn’t seem to understand when I explained what a geocache was!
Update 2: And now Stuff.co.nz is saying “Computer game causes Auckland bomb scare“
Update 3: Engadget makes a good point: the actual cache container looks pretty scary. The photo below is from under the handrail that you see behind the police bike in the photo above. The container had a magnet glued to the top, so it could hang there under the hand rail.
Update 4: And here’s me on the radio explaining what was going on.