Police in Fife have joined ‘the world’s largest treasure hunt’ as part of the fight against crime.
Cowdenbeath Community Policing Team are using ‘geocaching’ to spread crime prevention and safety messages.
Geocaching involves downloading a free app to your smartphone or tablet device and using its GPS to locate ‘caches’.
Upon finding the cache you record your exploits in a logbook, trade ‘knick-knacks’ and log your find online.
You then put the cache back for the next person to enjoy.
Four caches have been placed in the area Lochore Meadows Country Park, which is west Fife’s most popular family venue.
Each contains leaflets with ‘Your View Counts’ public survey information, community safety advice, details of members of the local policing team and other goodies.
So far, the caches have been found over 30 times since they were placed on 30th July and feedback on geocaching.com includes:
“My first ever 'first find'! It just so happens that I've been planning on coming here today to do some geocaching and a bit of exercise all week! I love the fact that our police force has got involved, the pictures [of the community officers] are a great idea too!”
“Geodug gets the credit for this one could he sniffed it out! Great example of community involvement – good on you guys. Took a booklet, left a key ring. Ta”
Sergeant Caine McIntyre of Cowdenbeath Police said: “We thought this would be a fun way to promote safety messages in the local community and we’ve received great feedback so far.
“One of our caches included our very own ‘travel bug’ PC Meedies and, although he’ll be missed, we hope he enjoys his journey!
"We have been updated that PC Meedies has visited a Garda Police Station in Cavan, Ireland. We look forward to seeing where they will travel to next.
There are over 2 million caches around the world and almost 700 within a ten-mile radius of Cowdenbeath.
To get involved and hunt down the Cowdenbeath cops' caches yourself, go to the Geocaching website.