In these troubled times one can never be too careful.
Who is to say that a small town gambling hall in Saxony-Anhalt couldn't be the next target in Isis’ carefully planned plot to strike fear into Europe?
So when an employee of a betting den in Halberstadt heard strange ticking and humming noises emanating from a bin in the men's loos, she naturally alerted the police to the possibility that there was a bomb inside.
Law enforcement immediately sprang into action.
Ninety people, including punters at the casino and people in nearby businesses and shops, were escorted to safety.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as cops blocked off the street, fearing that an explosion could rip out of the building and into the wider vicinity.
At around 18.45 pm the area was finally secured and a bomb disposal unit moved in to assess the danger.
But all they found was a mechanical penis ring – which was still vibrating.
How the sex toy ended up in the gambling hall’s bin is still unclear.
Police aren’t the only emergency service to be called out to deal with a penis ring emergency in recent months.
In March, fire crews in Munich had to carefully free a man from 13 metal rings he had slipped onto his little man.
In December fire services battled a spate of penis ring mishaps in the northern town of Osnabrück, cutting two men free from their guilty pleasures within a matter of hours.