Pokémon Go has people of all ages outside hunting for the little pocket monsters but it’s not all fun and games.
In a new investigation by the BBC, it transpires that reports to the police regarding the game have been increasing into the hundreds. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the BBC were able to discover what exactly has been going on out there.
The most incidents went to Lancashire with 39 reported in July alone. All over the country, these incidents range from lower crime, such as fights between players, to the frightening cases where men have tried to use the app to abduct children! Other cases included where players have ignored their own surroundings, sometimes not realising the risk to their own lives.
As the BBC reports,
Surrey Police attended reports of 30 people fighting after a Pokémon hunt turned into a brawl.
Officers in north Wales discovered a man had invited children back to his home “as he had lots of Pokémon at his address”.
In Cheshire, concerns were raised about children walking over graves in a cemetery as they took part in the augmented reality craze.
Both Greater Manchester Police and the Met noted incidents of Pokémon “lures” being set up, as robbers used the game to distract victims before snatching their mobile phones.
British Transport Police recorded two incidents of children trespassing on railways while playing the game, while several drivers have been spotted playing the game behind the wheel.
Recently, it was reported that several children had to be rescued by the coastguard as they had wandered into the sea waters to search for Pokémon.
Sometimes I wonder what do people think the emergency services are for as Cumbria Police received a complaint as a picture on Facebook,
…had been altered to depict the person as a Pokémon character
And what are players old enough to drive cars think they are doing? Surrey police discovered nine cars “parked across a junction” while looking for Pokemon. In Devon, Police in were called to reports of a motorist driving down one-way streets and “stopping in the middle of the road playing Pokémon”.
If you’re going to play Pokémon Go then please listen to the Niantic spokesperson (creators of Pokémon Go), who stated,
“We encourage all people to be aware of their surroundings and to play alongside friends or family, especially when you’re exploring unfamiliar places,” he added.
“Please remember to be safe and alert at all times, don’t drive and play, abide by local laws and respect the locations you visit.”
Play safe people.