Pokemon. Pokeballs. Pikachu.
Your Facebook feed has probably been filled with non-stop posts about people catching Pokemon at nearby churches, parks and businesses over the last couple days.
It is all thanks to Pokemon Go, a new virtual reality mobile game from Nintendo, that has instantly taken every 20-something back to his or her childhood.
Despite the hype, authorities have now raised some safety concerns. There have been reports of people using an in-game feature to lure people to a particular spot only to rob them while others have gone onto private property in hopes of capturing one of the mythical creatures.
So to help you become the best (and safest) Pokemon Master, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Do not play the game and drive at the same time, and follow all traffic laws
- Do not stop in the middle of the road while playing.
- Do not trespass onto private property (homes or businesses) without permission.
- Do not go anywhere that you do not feel safe and, if you're a minor, make sure to have a parent or guardian with you.
- Drink water and bring some snacks--it's hot outside.
- Look away from your phone to see where you're walking.
- Call 911 if you see something suspicious
Peoria and Phoenix police both tweeted out some Pokemon-themed safety tips.
— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) July 11, 2016
— Peoria Police (AZ) (@PeoriaAzPS) July 11, 2016