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    Anybody own one of this stuff (Metal Legal.............

    Is Metal Detected legal or illegal in Singapore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensman1968 View Post
    Anybody own one of this stuff (Metal Legal.............

    Is Metal Detected legal or illegal in Singapore.
    You mean metal detector ?

    Why don't you use google ?

    https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=m...m=122&ie=UTF-8

    One of the link will show you an American using metal detector to search for lost coins on the SG beach

    http://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?t=110606
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    Quote Originally Posted by lensman1968 View Post
    Anybody own one of this stuff (Metal Legal.............
    Is Metal Detected legal or illegal in Singapore.
    So the entire airport is doing illegal things then at the security checks?
    (Check your Grammar to avoid misunderstandings.)
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    I have metal solid gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensman1968 View Post
    Anybody own one of this stuff (Metal Legal.............

    Is Metal Detected legal or illegal in Singapore.
    According to law it's permissible to own a metal detector but it would be legally contrued to be offensive and against privacy law if you use it to poke in the space between two legs of another person no matter what you want to detect.

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    Thank for the reply and sorry for the bad England that i have.

    Why I bring up this issue. On 31 Dec 2013. I bring my son out at the seaside. Guess what I find a Gold chain.

    Just a thought of it why not buy a metal detector and start hunting for some Treasure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yutaka Go View Post
    You mean metal detector ?

    Why don't you use google ?

    https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=m...m=122&ie=UTF-8

    One of the link will show you an American using metal detector to search for lost coins on the SG beach

    http://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?t=110606

    thank

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensman1968 View Post
    Thank for the reply and sorry for the bad England that i have.

    Why I bring up this issue. On 31 Dec 2013. I bring my son out at the seaside. Guess what I find a Gold chain.

    Just a thought of it why not buy a metal detector and start hunting for some Treasure....
    I think it is good to go treasure hunting...

    Just that I think Metal detector will also detect relic from WWII too... so just be careful when you found something, and start digging...
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    I controlled the metal detectors in my camp during NS. Meant to be used to detect mines in combat. So be careful what you find and don't anyhow dig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensman1968 View Post
    Thank for the reply and sorry for the bad England that i have.

    Why I bring up this issue. On 31 Dec 2013. I bring my son out at the seaside. Guess what I find a Gold chain.

    Just a thought of it why not buy a metal detector and start hunting for some Treasure....
    Before you go treasure hunting, you must read this

    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ot...singapore.html

    Concerning Metal Detecting in Singapore:

    - They are legal.
    - There is no license required.
    - Customs can excise a 7% tax on imported metal detectors, although they may not even notice it.

    Most of the Singapore public have never seen or even heard of a metal detector for personal hobby use. They will think you are looking for mines. I get puzzled looks all the time, and inquisitive on-lookers. Most are just curious, and a few ask where I got such a neat toy. Many are also dumfounded as to why I would spend the time searching for metal on the beach. They have no concept of "finders keepers" and believe I must have some official reason to be doing what appears to be "work"! The fact that many people ask me "Why are you looking for gold rings" gives you the best insight into Singaporean culture.

    So while the Police pay no attention to me, and I am not breaking any laws, there are other laws that apply to this hobby that you must respect in order to stay out of jail:

    1. You cannot deface any public property, such as parks. Vandelism is a serious crime in Singapore and treated harshly (think caning). Thus digging in a public park is not legal. On private land, you must get permission from the land owner, and this is not usually given due to the suspicians and ignorance they have towards the hobby. With that said, a public beach is the perfect spot to metal detect in Singapore. Digging in the sand is legal of course - but please fill in the holes.

    2. You must not disturb the public. Thus headphones are a must, and you should not dig around people laying on the beach, or walking along the beach.

    3. Here's the hard part: There is a Singapore law that states if you find a valuable item, such as a ring, you must make an attempt to find the owner if possible. It is the responsibility of the finder to show an attemopt to locate the owner.

    That said, if here are no markings that would make the jewelry identifiable, then this may not be possible. It's not an easy law to enforce, or to obey. However, if you find a ring next to a person on the beach, and they see it, they may claim they just lost it and the law will be on their side (I have never experienced this). I would keep all found jewelry hidden until after you leave the beach. That way, you can inspect it in private, and if there is a name or other identifying mark you can choose if you wish to make the effort to locate the owner.

    Bottom line - if you are caught with found jewelry and have made no effort to find the owner you are then technicaly guilty of the crime of "Misappropriation of Personal Property": with a possible jail term of 2 years. This is not a law that is too difficult to enforce, and the Singapore police I work with have never seen it brought up. They suspect that they would need to have a case where the owner of the said jewelry could show that not only the jewelry was theirs, but also that you KNEW it was theirs and kept it anyway. Only then I believe the police would bring a case against you, as there is no such thing as "Finders Keepers, Loosers weepers". If an object can be traced to an individual, they have the right to get it back, even if they left it on the beach a year ago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    I controlled the metal detectors in my camp during NS. Meant to be used to detect mines in combat. So be careful what you find and don't anyhow dig.
    There are also many great antique cameras buried underground for fear of being seized by kempeitai during Japanese Occupation.

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    We did tried using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) at Changi beach, many pair of eyes wondered why we are combing the sand with a lawn mower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9V-Orion Images View Post
    We did tried using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) at Changi beach, many pair of eyes wondered why we are combing the sand with a lawn mower.
    We were thinking of you were looking for something else:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    We were thinking of you were looking for something else:


    Actually one of our objective is the locating of undiscovered / unmarked mass burial sites for corpses of executed victims.
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    2 war relics found near Tampines


    SINGAPORE: Two war relics were found at a construction site near Tampines on Saturday.

    The Singapore Army's Facebook page said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal standby team was activated upon the findings.

    The team assessed that the war relics were empty World War II bomb cases that were free of explosive content.

    The casings were deemed safe and were handed over to the police for disposal.

    - CNA/nd
    Did Bro Lensmen found these???
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    2 war relics found near Tampines

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...ar/951250.html

    SINGAPORE: Two war relics were found at a construction site near Tampines on Saturday.

    The Singapore Army's Facebook page said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal standby team was activated upon the findings.

    The team assessed that the war relics were empty World War II bomb cases that were free of explosive content.

    The casings were deemed safe and were handed over to the police for disposal.

    - CNA/nd
    Did Bro Lensman found these???
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    no la. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yutaka Go View Post
    Before you go treasure hunting, you must read this

    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ot...singapore.html
    thank....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensman1968 View Post
    Thank for the reply and sorry for the bad England that i have.

    Why I bring up this issue. On 31 Dec 2013. I bring my son out at the seaside. Guess what I find a Gold chain.

    Just a thought of it why not buy a metal detector and start hunting for some Treasure....
    You think there are more gold chains on the beach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    You think there are more gold chains on the beach?
    Yes. Plenty of gold chains on the beach.

    But they are on people's necks.

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