Cowdenbeath Police join ‘the world’s largest treasure hunt’

Published 29 August 2016

Police in Fife have joined ‘the world’s largest treasure hunt’ as part of the fight against crime.

Geocache contentsCowdenbeath 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.

Officers lay the geocacheSo far, the caches have been found over 30 times since they were placed on 30th July and feedback on 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!”

PC Meedies“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.

PC Meedies visits IrelandThere 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.

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Your Community

Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Central, Dunfermline North, Dunfermline South, Fife, Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, Rosyth, West (Fife), West Fife and Coastal Villages

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