Since last weekend, our Twitter feed has been full of Pokemon Go. If you don’t have kids (or your own inner child isn’t in tune with this phenomenon), you may not be familiar with the game. The following briefing (originally written by Clackmas County, Oregon’s 9-1-1 office) explains why you may have seen a sudden increase in people wandering around public places, staring intently at their cell phones.
Are you playing “Pokemon Go” yet? Are you wondering what this game is all about?
It is a game that can be downloaded on your mobile phone. You choose a character and then begin walking. As you walk, little critters pop up that you can “capture” by throwing a ball at them.
Various buildings may also be “PokeStops” where you can power up or “Gyms” where your team can rest or fight opposing team members for bragging rights of the location. Virtually, of course….no real fighting should ever occur.
Since only one person can capture a critter when it appears on their phone, you may see groups of people out walking and trying to “level up” as the kids say.
There are a number of reports this morning about suspicious activity calls for folks who may not understand that others are gaming. We encourage everyone to be aware of your surroundings.
If you are gaming and people around you are confused, let them know you’re playing Pokemon. Don’t hide in bushes, cross private property or game in ways that might lead others to be concerned. And, if people ask what you’re doing, tell them. Being snarky or off-putting may result in a call to our office for your suspicious behavior.
If you see game-like wandering, ask folks if they are playing the game. You might have fun learning from your neighbors.
Be safe. Be aware of your surroundings. And have fun getting your steps in towards better health.