Law enforcement officials express concern over Geocaching (Allegedly)

Albuquerque, New Mexico Geocaching

We have not made any sort of announcement, but here at the OCNA blog, we have resolved to post more “Geocaching in the news” content in 2014. Considering the very popular Geocaching blog that normally covers current events (Notaboutthenumbers.com) hasn’t been posted to in 4 months, save for a single guest blog post in November. No, we have no idea what’s going on over there either. Unfortunately however, we’re going to have to ring in 2014 with an absolutely preposterous negative news story on our hobby.

The picture above is a winter scene in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Television Station KOB 4, an NBC affiliate, ran a news report on Monday night, December 30th claiming that law enforcement officials from the department of Homeland Security have expressed concerns about Geocaching, although no one from the department of Homeland security is named or quoted (more on that later).

The reason for the alleged concern? “Tech-savvy kids” use their smartphones to go Geocaching,  and a map of Geocaches in the City and a map of the National Sex offender registry shows that “some” Geocaches are less than 500 feet from a registered sex offenders home.

The video of the news report and the associated article appeared here on their website today, December 31st. The reporters name is Jen Samp, and she opens the video live from a Geocache site, which she says is a couple hundred feet from a registered sex offenders home.

In our opinion, this is manufactured news. The blogger can’t remember for exactly how long, but he has subscibed to Google News Alerts for the word Geocaching for years, and has never seen nor heard anyone, anywhere in the world, attempt to put anything remotely close to this spin on Geocaching. What we think happened is that Jen Samp came up with this crazy idea to check Geocaching maps and sex offender registry maps simultaneously, and “officials from the department of Homeland Security” only expressed “concern”, after she reported her findings to them.

It should go without saying, but if you are one of the what probably will be hundreds of Geocachers to respond to this article on the KOB-TV website, please be respectful, and follow their terms of use for posting.

Oh, and a very Happy New Year from the OCNA Blog!!

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The Oh Beep! Geocaching Podcast interviews HikerJamz


The OH BEEP! Geocaching podcast is a relatively new entry into the Geocaching podcastosphere, having had it’s debut on November 9th, 2013. This family friendly Geocaching podcast originates from The UK, and can have as many as four hosts (all from the same Family). Check out their well done website for the show at www.ohbeep.com. The show we are embedding into this post with the HikerJamz interview was the 9th episode, and is hosted by Benign Source (Father) and Doctor D (Son). This episode consists of about a 30 minute segment of their regular weekly show, and about a 34 minute interview with HikerJamz. Be sure to listen to the whole show, it’s very entertaining. We obviously have permission to post it here. And we’re terrible at keeping secrets, we will be interviewing the OH BEEP! Geocaching Podcast here on the blog in the near future. 🙂

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The HikerJamz Geocaching Talk show: December 28th, 2013

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What’s in your Geobag? Listen in to see what all you might take with you on a geocaching adventure. Join us as we discover new adventures in the field of geocaching every Saturday at 3:00 pm. Eastern time on Blog Talk Radio with your host – Hikerjamz and co-host – Kenny Gibb.

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The HikerJamz Geocaching Talk Show: December 22nd, 2013

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OCNA Blog Note: We’re a little slow getting this episode on our blog due to the holidays, we apologize the HikerJamz and Ken. This is an abbreviated 1/2 hour show that aired on Sunday the 22nd, rather than Saturday the 21st, and explains what happened to that “lost episode”, which was episode 40 of the show.

Now call in with Skype for free ! 60 minutes of geocaching comments ans stories. Join us as we discover new adventures in the field of geocaching every Saturday at 3:00 pm. Eastern time on Blog Talk Radio with your host – Hikerjamz and co-host – Kenny Gibb.

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(The GCDoc Video) GEOCACHING PRANK!


Published on Dec 21, 2013
The Doc invites The Geocaching Vlogger along to find his 700th GEOCACHE FIND! Joshua is unaware of the adventure the Doc has in store for them!

THE GEOCACHING VLOGGER —-http://www.youtube.com/mngeocaching

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THE GEOCACHING NETWORK —-http://www.youtube.com/geocachingnetwork

DISCLAIMER: Joshua (The Geocaching Vlogger) enjoys all types of geocaches and all aspects of the sport. He does not condone discrimination of any type of geocaches including virtual caches and LPCs!

Music by D. R. Hyde (https://soundcloud.com/davidhydemusic…) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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The HikerJamz Geocaching Talk Show: December 14th, 2013

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Hikerjamz Geocaching Talk Show is sponsored by CacheFace.com where worldwide cachers share their adventures and photos with other members. Check it out and join for FREE ! Now call in with Skype for free ! 60 minutes of geocaching comments and stories. Join us as we discover new adventures in the field of geocaching every Saturday at 3:00 pm. Eastern time on Blog Talk Radio with your host – Hikerjamz and co-host – Kenny Gibb.

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