Apart from safely removing sharps/used hypodermic syringes and rubbish ,members of the Making Derbyshire Safer Metal Detecting Association offer another great public service too.
The pursuit of our great recreational hobby allows us to help the public who have lost metal items.For over the last 10 years individual members have been offering this great recovery service to the public in Derbyshire.It gives us great pleasure to assist others in this way.
Association members will try their best with their detectors to recover your lost item for you.
If an association member has to travel well out of the way to get to your location ,then we ask is for petrol costs or for bus fares to be covered.As we are fundraising for a new metal detector which everyone in the club will have access to, we will ask on finding the lost item for a donation based on the real or sentimental value to the owner.
Anyone wishing to contact us for this purpose should do so through our contacts section on our web page.
It would be very helpful if you could tell us the exact location where the item was lost,so that we could check to make sure that the area is not an archaeologically protected area ,and for for underground hazards such as gas pipes or electrical cables to be identified
.If an association member does find your item we would be very grateful if we could publish just your name and general location on our website.We will not disclose what we recovered for you, out of respect for your privacy.If association members recover a valuable item which we think could be insured ,then we will have to inform the Association Of British Insurers.Unfortunately we have heard of situations in the past where metal detectorists have recovered valuable items for their owners after substantial payments/replacements have been made by the insurance company concerned.
Before Association members start the recovery process and after they show you their current membership card,they will inform you of this legal requirement .
We ask people to be very vigilant about who they allow to search for their lost property,and not to allow individuals to search who can not prove that their equipment is genuine and not stolen.If they are the sort of person who knowingly uses stolen equipment ,then it is quite possible that they might not hand over your lost item to you if recovered.
All members of the Making Derbyshire Saver Metal Detecting Association are required to provide proof of authentification of ownership for all electronic metal detecting equipment.
Finally we ask people to be patient whilst members search for your lost item .We will do our best to find it for you but our arrival does not gaurantee recovery.