Clinton Police Offer Tips to Pokemon Go Users Following Robbery
Clinton, Miss. (July 12, 2016) As Pokémon fever sweeps the nation thanks to a new phone app, Clinton police are providing safety tips to the many residents playing the augmented reality game after two Clinton residents were robbed on Sunday morning at 4 A.M. while playing the game.
The newest installment of the Pokémon franchise has come in the form of the smart phone app, Pokémon Go. The game allows users to leave the house and explore their surroundings to catch Pokémon through augmented reality.
But officials are warning folks to be aware of their surroundings while playing. Since the app’s launch on July 6, reports of crime have begun to surface- including one robbery out of Clinton where it was believed the suspects targeted the victim through the application.
As app players enjoy the new, unexplored world around them, Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman asks game players to practice a few simple tips to keep them safe while catching the Pokémon.
· Tell your kids about stranger-danger. The way that the game is designed can bring people together in the real world as they search for Pokémon in common areas called gyms and pokestops. Obviously, you never know who you could run into while playing.
· Set limits on where your kids can go. "Don't leave the street/neighborhood without me" can limit the amount of strangers that you or your kids could encounter.
· Watch the road! I've already seen a number of people - both kids and adults - so engrossed while staring at their phones and following a map, that they've walked right into the street and into objects. Pay attention!
· Pay attention to suspicious individuals and vehicles that may be lurking in dark areas waiting to victimize players focused on the game and not on their surroundings.
· And as always, if you run into an individual that is seemingly up to no good - don't hesitate to dial 911!
“Whether playing the game or shopping at a local store, residents are reminded to always remain alert and put down their phones and any other distractions that can threaten their safety,” stated Chief Ford Hayman.