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I live in the south suburbs of Denver and the geocaches that I have hidden keep getting stolen. There are in ammo boxes (metal or plastic) and I have had them stolen three times now. I am relatively new to Denver and I never had this problem in California. Do other people around Denver have this problem as well? How do others prevent their geocaches from being stolen? I want them to be fun to find, especially for kids, so don't want to just hide a logbook. Thanks for any tips or insights that you can provide.

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I live in the south suburbs of Denver and the geocaches that I have hidden keep getting stolen. There are in ammo boxes (metal or plastic) and I have had them stolen three times now. I am relatively new to Denver and I never had this problem in California. Do other people around Denver have this problem as well? How do others prevent their geocaches from being stolen? I want them to be fun to find, especially for kids, so don't want to just hide a logbook. Thanks for any tips or insights that you can provide.

If this question is important to you, why use a sock ?

 

Advertising ammo boxes on the cache page might be a reason they'd go missing, but eventually someone posts a pic anyway.

After the second ammo can (we don't use those plastic things) I'd realize the areas not such a good spot for 'em, and either leave a small LNL, or skip that area entirely.

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I found a cache yesterday that was chained to a tree... I've found other caches otherwise secured to trees. A common method I've seen is to use of plastic ties to secure a small cache to a tree limb. Unfortunately these methods can result in injury to the tree and, as such, should be avoided. Securing them to a large man-made object might be a better option.

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I live in the south suburbs of Denver and the geocaches that I have hidden keep getting stolen. There are in ammo boxes (metal or plastic) and I have had them stolen three times now. I am relatively new to Denver and I never had this problem in California. Do other people around Denver have this problem as well? How do others prevent their geocaches from being stolen? I want them to be fun to find, especially for kids, so don't want to just hide a logbook. Thanks for any tips or insights that you can provide.

If this question is important to you, why use a sock ?

 

Advertising ammo boxes on the cache page might be a reason they'd go missing, but eventually someone posts a pic anyway.

After the second ammo can (we don't use those plastic things) I'd realize the areas not such a good spot for 'em, and either leave a small LNL, or skip that area entirely.

 

What dose the word sock refer to?

 

Tough to secure a cache to a tree (especially an ammo can without damaging the tree eventually). Most land owners and land managers are adverse to placing anything to permanent. Like cerberus1 said place a smaller cache or find a new more secluded location for the ammo can. I would also remove the "ammo can" from the description. I don't know what the area is like but sometimes turning a traditional into a short multi may do the trick. Hide the ammo can in another location not to far away.

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Sock refers to Sock Puppet Account. Which appears to be the case here.

 

Anyway, there are 2 ways to keep you container from being stolen, IME.

 

1) Chain them to something substantial. Up here, I wire-rope them to a large tree (we have plenty, and then set a lock. This does not guarantee no theft, though. I have had one go walkies after doing this.

 

2) Don't hide any.

 

Caches go missing all the time. It's a risk you have to be willing to accept.

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I want them to be fun to find, especially for kids

Heh. Mission accomplished. :anibad:

 

There are many reasons a cache can disappear, so it's tough to suggest ways to prevent that. Local cachers may have some suggestions. Write to trusted cachers in the area and ask. I hid several caches in a local park, then veteran cachers mentioned how they could never keep a cache there. That's why the hiding spots were available. A place that looks quiet today may be a hangout on the weekend, or even have large crowds at times.

 

Even the Cache Owner in this case doesn't seem to log cache issues, nor maintenance. There may be quite a few problems to sort out.

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Sock refers to Sock Puppet Account. Which appears to be the case here.

 

Anyway, there are 2 ways to keep you container from being stolen, IME.

 

1) Chain them to something substantial. Up here, I wire-rope them to a large tree (we have plenty, and then set a lock. This does not guarantee no theft, though. I have had one go walkies after doing this.

 

2) Don't hide any.

 

Caches go missing all the time. It's a risk you have to be willing to accept.

 

Thanks. makes sense now.

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Sock refers to Sock Puppet Account. Which appears to be the case here.

 

I disagree. The use of the term "Sock Puppet" is frequently misused in these forums. A sock puppet isn't just an alternate username in addition to a users regular account. A sock puppet differs from a pseudonym in that it's created for the purposes of deception. It's been used that way going back to the mid/late 1990s on Usenet. In was typically an online identity created by a person or organization created to praise or defend that person or organization.

 

In this case, while the user name may be different from their regular account I don't see any deception involved.

 

 

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Sock refers to Sock Puppet Account. Which appears to be the case here.

 

I disagree. The use of the term "Sock Puppet" is frequently misused in these forums. A sock puppet isn't just an alternate username in addition to a users regular account. A sock puppet differs from a pseudonym in that it's created for the purposes of deception. It's been used that way going back to the mid/late 1990s on Usenet. In was typically an online identity created by a person or organization created to praise or defend that person or organization.

 

In this case, while the user name may be different from their regular account I don't see any deception involved.

+1. Perhaps alias would be a better term for some of these situations, but in this particular instance, the cache owner IS the OP:

 

Snake Den

 

I'm not sure where the idea of a sock account came from.

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Sock refers to Sock Puppet Account. Which appears to be the case here.

 

I disagree. The use of the term "Sock Puppet" is frequently misused in these forums. A sock puppet isn't just an alternate username in addition to a users regular account. A sock puppet differs from a pseudonym in that it's created for the purposes of deception. It's been used that way going back to the mid/late 1990s on Usenet. In was typically an online identity created by a person or organization created to praise or defend that person or organization.

 

In this case, while the user name may be different from their regular account I don't see any deception involved.

+1. Perhaps alias would be a better term for some of these situations, but in this particular instance, the cache owner IS the OP:

 

Snake Den

 

I'm not sure where the idea of a sock account came from.

Alias sounds good...

The OP claims that they never had these problems in CA.

There are no CA caches on this account. :)

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I understand the problem. I'm one of those weird Geocachers who loves to create unusual & interesting cache containers bought for nothing at Boot Sales/Garage Sales. And then modify them to accept a Log of some description. They are my trademark. I also create Field Puzzles.

 

In 6 months I've had 5 pretty damned exxy Cache Containers nicked (all had Faves).

One was muggled by kids thinking it might be a drug stash. Fair enough. That can happen.

 

Do I care my work keeps getting destroyed or nicked? A little. Yet I'll never be put off by the idiot minority. My most oft used Geocaching edit is "Temp disabled". :mad:

p.s. I'm English but live in France. So my caches may not be special in USA, UK, Germany nor Holland. But they're unique here. I hardly ever use small black tubes nor tupperware of dubious quality.

Which is why my caches get nicked. #shrug

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