Smuggling alcohol gets more creative

COVERT: "Give us a bit of your deodorant." Picture:

COVERT: "Give us a bit of your deodorant." Picture:

Take a look at this can of Lynx deodorant.

Now look again. It's actually a hip flask, designed to help punters sneak in alcohol where it's not allowed.

Like music festivals, the races and even university exams, although we have no evidence that people do that.

With festival season upon us and drinks at major events often costing as much as the tickets, an Australian company called Smuggle Your Alcohol has created a range of hip-flasks made to look like everyday objects, designed to foil even the most eagle-eyed security guards.

There's the hairbrush flask, the binoculars and even the extra-large carry-all tote bag, with a false bottom and a generous 830 millilitre capacity. It even has a funnel. 

A company in the United States, the similarly named Smuggle Your Booze, even makes hip-flasks designed to look like boxes of women's sanitary products and tubes of sunscreen. Smuggling alcohol into events isn't new but the methods are getting more creative as security guards follow their noses as well as their gut. 

You may have seen some scandalous photographs from the aftermath of the Melbourne Cup recently.

People heavily intoxicated throwing up, making out, falling over, crying, laughing etc.

Well, apparently at that most glamorous of race days, punters were spotted sneaking in alcohol the "old fashioned" way – in zip-lock bags – or they tried something more enterprising – a Pringles tin with a few chips on top of the grog for that "authentic" look.

Police have said they are not aware of a rise in the number of people bringing specially designed hip-flasks to events.

Topics isn’t sure if that means these devices are so good they’re not being detected, or aren’t yet being utilised by crafty punters. 

Police did say they assist private security operators to detect and eject, where necessary, patrons found to be carrying contraband alcohol.

It’s only a matter of time before these smuggling devices are being used in Newcastle. At race days, sporting events and festivals. And if it becomes widespread, the results could be more stringent checks from security guards, a banning of any items that could carry alcohol, or perhaps a reduction in drink prices to discourage such behaviour. We’d hold our breath on that last one, but we might be holding it for a while. 

KEEP AN EYE OUT: "Anyone spotted any security guards around here?"

KEEP AN EYE OUT: "Anyone spotted any security guards around here?"


Topics has got a mate.

This mate has got two dogs that got out from his house at Merewether one day and were later found at Cardiff. 

Cardiff, NSW not Cardiff, Wales.

Nonetheless, we thought that 12 kilometre trip, which seemingly was done without the help of any motor vehicles, was pretty impressive. That was until we heard some of the stories in a new book to be launched at Wallsend District Library today.

Written by multi-award winning journalist, author and proud dog tragic Laura Greaves, it’s called Incredible Dog Journeys.

From heartwarming tales of canine loyalty to mysterious cases of dogs turning up thousands of miles away, the books features the incredible true stories of how sixteen remarkable dogs found their way home. You’ll meet Bonnie, the kelpie–blue heeler cross, who led her owner to safety through one of the deadliest bushfires in Australia’s history. Penny, a Hungarian vizsla, who was dognapped and found 3800 miles from where she was taken. And Inka, the friendly bull-mastiff cross, who made her way back to her owner after ten years, and just in time for Christmas.

We’re told a local dog gets a guernsey; a feisty Georgetown mutt that escaped during a thunder storm and chased a train all the way to Auburn in Sydney's west.

The book launch starts at 11am.