Hello everyone! Welcome to the most important post on this entire website. Today I’d like to touch on safety while playing our favorite game Pokemon GO!
Pokemon GO is fun. I love it, you love it, we all love it. We want to play it all day, no matter what we are doing. This can be a big problem though.
I have already witnessed people walk into stationary objects while playing (myself included), I’ve seen several wrecks already probably caused by GO, and I’ve had to trespass several people from private property for not being able to turn down that one Pokemon that they must have.
Being a police officer, I want nothing more than to see people get around safely while enjoying their new favorite hobby.
SO…. Let’s take a look at 5 tips to help you survive Pokemon GO.
Safety Tip # 1
DON’T DRIVE AND POKEMON
- This is the most important tip. We’ve all seen the super sad TV commercials for years about people losing loved ones over texting and driving. Pokemon GO is 100x more distracting than typing a text message.
This guy was probably playing Pokemon GO
Pass your phone to a passenger if you need to. But please DO NOT PLAY WHILE DRIVING. That Charizard is not worth you or anyone else losing their lives.
Safety Tip # 2
DON’T STARE AT YOUR PHONE
Situational awareness is key when playing Pokemon GO. Don’t walk around while staring at your phone. Put your phone on vibrate so you know when a Pokemon is near and glance at it. Walking around on your phone is an accident waiting to happen. I hope that it doesn’t happen, but It’s only a matter of time before you see someone on the news that walked in front of a bus while doing a little Pokemon hunting.
Safety Tip # 3
PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU ARE AT
If you saw the news the other day, there were some little thugs using Lure Modules on some PokeStops to lure in more than just Pokemon. They were waiting for people to come to them and robbing them at gunpoint!
Pokemon GO is not a dangerous game, just be weary of people around you and the area that you are in. EVERY town has a rough area, don’t go wondering into a place that you might get robbed at.
Don’t go places that you wouldn’t have gone before Pokemon GO was released.
Safety Tip # 4
If you are not supposed to be somewhere, don’t go there! I know an officer that arrested someone the other day for trying to climb into a private helicopter to catch a Pokemon! People don’t like you wondering onto their properties. The last thing we want is some crazy person shooting you because you’re wondering around their property looking suspicious.
Safety Tip # 5
There are so many Tweets and Facebook statuses right now of people are saying things like “I haven’t walked that far in years” or “my legs are so sore from walking # miles”. That’s awesome! Just remember to drink lots of water, especially if you are doing our PokeFitness workouts!
Well, there you have it! That’s all that we can think of for now, but we will be sure to add more as we go along.