You have definitely heard all the buzz about Pokemon Go and how everyone is playing it, young or old. Even some police services have participated, but not in a way you may think. The game is an augmented reality app that allows you to virtually catch monsters in a public area. Even though the game does come with warning signs to be aware of your surroundings, it has not stopped people from getting into car crashes, trespassing on public and private property, or getting lured into secluded areas where they become victims to robbers. The location of pokemon, pokestops, and gyms tend to be in public areas, but sometimes that is not always the case. Some have reported people going into their backyards to catch pokemon or in some unfortunate cases, have a gym located there.
Its All In the Numbers…
After an increase of 9.3 percent with the game's launch, Nintendo’s share price rose almost 25 percent, adding $7.5 billion to the firm's market value. But what is most interesting is that Nintendo did not even make the game! And of course, as this came to light, the stock has dropped 17 percent ever since, roughly 6.4 million dollars in value.
It is obvious that Pokemon Go is a phenomenon that is worldwide. Unfortunately, there is also a growing concern for people's safety when it comes to the game as well. Some police have used Pokemon Go in a playful way to help deliver their message of safety while playing the game. Here are just two examples for police services address the pokemon fever.
Here are some pokemon go safety tips issued from police:
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Do not catch pokemon and drive
- Catching late at night? Travel with a friend.
- Laws such a trespassing still obilied while playing
- Be courteous to those in the neighbourhood while playing