Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokeman Go Bad

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement:


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.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

No worries here. I concealed carry a Jolteon and a Magmar. I dare those thugs to try something.

Wow said...

This is awesome. And great policing. Not trying to perpetuate fear, but just trying to make people aware while also teaching safety. Cool job, Chief!

Anonymous said...

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2016/07/armed-muggers-use-pokemon-go-find-victims?et_cid=5388523&et_rid=818993483&location=top&et_cid=5388523&et_rid=818993483&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.forensicmag.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f07%2farmed-muggers-use-pokemon-go-find-victims%3fet_cid%3d5388523%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Anonymous said...

nothing good comes from anything at 4AM on a Sunday in Clinton-except for the sweet sweet making of Shipley Donuts..

Anonymous said...

People need to catch a clue. The danger of walking with your "head under the hood" while texting has been widely discussed and demonstrated, now we add going to a predetermined publicly known spot AT 4:00 IN THE MORNING!!! No sarcasm, I wonder if they will do it again. "Oh, I didn't know it was a bad idea."

Anonymous said...

As a concerned dad I've looked into this issue. The statement left out a few things that players should watch out for. This game can be played anywhere (the pokemon "spawn" in random locations) but players are encouraged to visit fixed locations called "pokestops" and "gyms." These locations are tied to real-world public landmarks like statues, fountains, and churches. Players can attach a "lure module" to a pokestop, which causes a higher concentration of pokemon to spawn near that pokestop for 30 minutes. Players can see which pokestops have lure modules attached on the game map. Pokestops with lure modules attached are very tempting to players because of the increased concentration of pokemon around them. It would be very easy for criminals to attach a lure module to a pokestop and simply wait for their prey to come to them. As weird as this sounds, the police may want to monitor the game map and watch out for lure modules during odd times of the day.

Messick said...

"Obviously, you never know who you could run into while playing."


All kinds of folks! Maybe one or more of the following:

Tranny
Randyman
Bumpus
Scalawag
Baby Mama
Donner
Babblin' Fool

exjxnres said...

Was this done before or after they stole the ATM???

Anonymous said...

Bread and circuses.

Anonymous said...

Survival of the fittest....nerds don't win...again.

Anonymous said...

Or....get a job and come to harsh reality that you aren't 10 yrs old anymore.

Anonymous said...

*Family dinner*

*Kids play Pokemon Go at table*

Stepdad: "How was your day Timmy?"

*Silence*

Stepdad: "How bout you Suzy?"

*Silence*

*Stepdad nervously looking at Mom*

Stepdad: "Ha ha, forget Pokemon, I'd like to poke-a-mom!"

*Mom rolls eyes*

*Silence*

*Stepdad goes back to eating dinner*

Kids: "Can we go live with our real dad?"

Anonymous said...

Nature's way of giving warning some people should not breed. Holding a phone with both hands and not looking around should be a hint you may be one of them.

Anonymous said...

Lets see a cell phone, an app for game playing, chasing things/stuff/images, out a 4AM, must stay focus on the screen. People being robbed all over the country playing this game. S-P-E-E-C-H-L-E-S-S!

Anonymous said...

Pull out the Atari 2600 and call it a day.

Anonymous said...

2:12 I played the game here and caught several Aggrieved Sububanachus.

Poke-A-Mom Indeed said...

@ what 4:28 posted. Har!

Anonymous said...

Wait until they start strapping on their Oculus goggles. You will be invisible to them.

Anonymous said...

7:00, they do not need the goggles.

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