I find it rather amusing that a large majority of detectorists like to wear camouflage yet will pivot on a dime and shout “hey everybody look at what I found”. Yup, happens all the time and sooner or later it’s going to bite a few of them on the ass.
You see I was perusing a detecting FB page the other day and saw someone proudly sharing photos of his extensive finds/collection and it was apparent that the display was in his home. Sitting along side this impressive array of coins and relics were five detectors. I was dumbfounded. I mean it’s one thing to be proud of your finds, but quite another to display it to the world and show them exactly where it’s located. Of course after the first photo it turned into a “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…” kind of thing with more hoikers showing off their finds and displays.
Hey listen, social media is a fantastic medium and we all partake of it but it’s also a place where less than honorable people work overtime and where bad things can happen to unthinking, naïve people. Why tempt them on by showing off your collection as it sits in your home? Sharing individual finds as they happen is fine but the whole shebang? Think about it.
…If you do keep your finds at home make sure you keep them in a safe or “safe place”. A place that’s doesn’t scream out “look here” to the potential thief or as they like to say today… “home invader”. Consider a small safe for a few of your most meaningful, more valuable finds and if that’s not doable come up with a neat hiding place. You know, like what an old timer did years ago with his stash or his cache, and no you don’t have to bury it in the yard.
Likewise be sure to keep a detailed list of finds and take photos of as much of your collection as possible especially the more valuable coins, relics and pieces of jewelry. I can’t emphasize this enough. I lost a lot of coins in the tornado and there was no way to ascertain what or how many, and while the insurance company worked with us on everything else, the coins were not even part of the conversation. Look into adding a rider to your homeowner’s policy that will cover your finds.
And while you are at it take photos of the furnishings in your house. Furniture, appliances, musical instruments, antiques, memorabilia, paintings or prints, clothing, etc.. It won’t take all day and is a great thing to do on a cold winter’s day. Save these photos where they will be accessible should you ever face a catastrophe….put them on a disc and give to a relative, or on a USB drive, in the cloud, etc., and if you think it could never happen, trust me it can. I know firsthand.
And honestly there’s really no way you can ever replace the thrill and the excitement you experienced finding those treasures. Be wise and be cautious my friend….
NORTH CAROLINA TOWN VS. CITY HALL
Thanks to Jim Fielding from Detecting – An Attitude for sending the following item along…..
Dirt Detectives Not Happy with New Raleigh Ordinance
This sentence is baffling to me….
“City Council member Bonner Gaylord explained that officials wanted to make sure the items weren’t being sold or kept for private benefit.”
Apparently they are not concerned that much about the digging…only the ultimate disposition of the finds and I’m curious what private benefit means? And do they really think there’s a lucrative life style to be had selling off finds from the parks? I will be interested to see where this goes, and I hope the club does not settle for a fee based permit system. You shouldn’t have to pay for a “public” park and once a dollar figure is assigned you can bet your bippy it will only keep going up over time.
A COUPLE MORE BITS AND PIECES
Metal Detecting Cop Cheats Farmer
Scotland’s Metal Detecting Hotspots
AND ANOTHER FROM MY FAVORITE FILM MAKER
Sometimes you run into people who totally change your life for the better. Bartenders….those people are called bartenders!