While the Pokémon Go craze has been taking the city by storm, the Vancouver Police Department is warning parents (and grownups) of the need to be cautious.
The VPD says it’s received reports of large groups of people gathering in city streets and public areas from morning until night with their eyes glues to phones.
What exactly are they doing? Searching for Pokémon… and prompting concern about distracted game playing.
The VPD says it could be dangerous and is asking people to put the game away while driving, biking and even skateboarding.
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With reports pouring in from across North America of sprained ankles, accidents, and even criminals using the game to lure potential victims, police have issued a set of tips for safe play.
- Look up – be aware of your surroundings. Are you about to step into traffic? Are you going to crash into someone or something? You could end more than just your game.
- It is very easy for any stranger to know your gathering spots. Make sure you go with a group, and that younger kids tell parents or another adult where they’re going.
- Say no to distracted game playing – don’t play while riding your bike, skateboard, scooter, or while driving.
- Vancouver has lots of public space. Don’t go on or in private property.
Richmond RCMP also took on the Pokémon craze with a tongue in cheek Tweet today.
That’s after hordes of smartphone toting Pokémon players descended on one of their detachments, which is next to a Pokémon Gym (a place where players can go to train their Pokémons and battle one another).
Pokémon Go is not officially available in Canada yet, but thousands of players have found ways to get the popular game on their iPhones and Androids anyway.