Law enforcement officials express concerns over geocaching

Posted at: 12/30/2013 10:41 PM
Updated at: 12/31/2013 5:20 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Tonight, a warning for parents about an old-fashioned game with a techy, new twist.

The game is geocaching, and it's how tech-savvy kids go on scavenger hunts with their smartphones.

Federal officials fear that the technology will deliver your child to a predator's doorstep.

Geocaching uses GPS to find hidden trinkets and a log list left behind by people all over the world.

There are thousands hidden in New Mexico, and it can be quite an adventure.

What has the attention of Homeland Security Investigations is how easy it is to give away your child's location with their smart phones, and how close these hidden treasures are to strangers.

A map of all the hidden geocaches in the city and a map of the National Sex Offender Registry shows that some geocaches are less than 500 feet from a sex offender's home.

The geocaching website www.geocaching.com asks to put the treasures not in neighborhoods but in public places, like parks and nature hikes.

Law enforcement officials cannot stress enough how important it is for parents to be involved with their children in geocaching.

Geocaching.com also warns players to be aware of their surroundings when participating in geocaching.