+bittsen Posted August 19, 2009 Share Posted August 19, 2009 (edited) A cache maggot, as I understand, is someone who deliberately attempts to ruin the game of geocaching by messing with caches. Whether they steal them, just remove the contents and log, or steal an ammo can and replace it with tupperware or worse. At any rate, nobody wants to keep them around. I was thinking of easiest ways to catch a cache maggot in the act. Here is what I think would work, and even if you don't catch the maggot, you could have fun. First thing you need is money. Good ol MOOLAH, Dinero, and for those older than me.....bread! This will cost about $500-600 OK, so you get a cheap netbook. You know, those laptops that make regular laptops seem like the hulks of lap computing. Those little netbooks run for about 50 years on a half ounce of power and thats why we are using it. Ok, so I exagggerate a tiny bit but you get the idea. Easy to hide those little buggers cuz they are teeeeeeny. Get wireless internet for the netbook. Make sure the locale you are placing the sting has adequate signal for internet. Get a 12V charger for the netbook. You will need it. Next get a decent USB camera. You could go wireless if you want to replace batteries every 8 hours. It defeats the purpose of the whole stealth sting operation we are working on though. Get a low lux cam. They aren't expensive. Get a USB extension cable. Ebay sells them for a couple bucks for 15 feet. This just makes things easier. Set the USB camera up with the netbook. Now you need either a deep cell RV battery. You are going to hide the battery so get a good one. If you can afford a gel cell, get it. Now you can wire up the laptop charger to the battery and run that netbook, with no screen lit, for about 4 weeks on that RV battery. Maybe more. I haven't done the math. It will help if you get an infrered spotlight that you can "shine" into the field of the cache. It's invisible light so the maggot won't see it. Set the light up on a daylight sensor so it won't use juice during the day. OK, if you got this far you are good to go. Set the whole thing up with lots of camo. Make sure the cam is set to look UP at the face of the cache maggot when they grab the cache. Angle is everything in the sting. Make sure the cam can't be seen and keep the whole surveillance gear at east 10 feet away from the cache. Thats the reason for the 15 foot USB extension cable. Add 2 together and get 30 feet from the cache. Place the cam in a way to avoid any accidental up the skirt photo shots (bad Karma there). Now you need to set up a free streaming website for the cam. Thats why you need internet where your cache is. You set it up in the field so the streaming vid will configure properly. Now turn the whole shebang on. Go home and begin recording the streaming video. When your cache gets messed with, you will have irrefutable proof of who the cache maggot is and be able to spread the news. Yeah, this was all done tongue in cheek but it could work if someone were to set it up. Edited August 19, 2009 by bittsen Quote Link to comment
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