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NYPD shares Pokemon Go safety tips

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The New York City Police Department is channeling Officer Jenny, offering safety tips for Pokémon Go players of all ages.

After reports of Pokémon Go players being lured to fake Pokéstops to be robbed, as well as general accidents when focusing on the app instead of the real world, NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau on Wednesday shared its own set of safety tips.

The tips include playing in groups or pairs, avoiding bike and skateboard-riding while looking at the game, and reminding children of “stranger danger,” as Pokéstops draw individuals of all ages to a location. NYPD also addresses the Google account issue, now fixed by Pokémon Go creators Niantic Labs, which posed an additional threat of online information being available to anonymous parties.

The tips end on a high note though, wishing players, “Good luck in your quest, and happy hatching, trapping, and training at the Pokémon Gym!”

On Monday, the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority also tweeted a warning urging Pokémon Go to be careful on subway platforms. And an NYPD precinct reminded players not to play and drive.

See all the helpful tips below.

NYPD Community Affairs:

As the PokémonGo fever hits New York City, the NYPD wants to remind you and your kids of some simple safety tips.  As you battle, train, and capture your Pokémon just remember you’re still in the real world too!  Around the country the PokémonGo craze has seen reports of accidents, injuries and even crimes where suspects have set-up fake ‘Pokéstops’.  So as you or your kids set out to capture them all:

  • Be alert at all times
  • Stay aware of your surroundings
  • Play in pairs or as a group to ensure your safety  
  • Do not drive or ride your bike, skateboard, or other device while interacting with the app…you can’t do both safety
  • Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you usually would not if you weren’t playing Pokémon Go
  • Be aware and tell your kids about “stranger-danger”.  The app may draw strangers together in real life at ‘Pokéstops’
  • Parents – be aware of 3rd party software apps claiming to enhance the gaming experience however, these 3rd party apps only gives access to sensitive data – i.e. name, email, calendar

Have fun AND stay safe.  Good luck in your quest, and happy hatching, trapping, and training at the Pokémon Gym!

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