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Pokemon Go: PSNI safety warning over game following UK launch

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/07/2016

Pokemon in a police patrol car
Pokemon in a police patrol car

The PSNI has issued a safety warning to Pokemon Go users after the app officially launched in the UK.

Officers used official PSNI Facebook accounts to offer a guide to staying safe while using the hit new game.

It has already broken download records in the US and is expected to perform similarly in the UK, though it has been criticised in some quarters for a lack of safety measures.

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A warning does appear when the game launches, reminding users to remain aware of their surroundings as they play.

Posting a photo of a Pokemon character in a patrol car, a PSNI spokesman said: "It appears we don't just catch criminals as we discovered Pidgeotto trying to lift kit out of the back of our car this afternoon.

"Please be careful when trying to catch the wee critters as they are appearing on sides of roads and in busy built up areas."

PSNI tips include:

  • Don't Poke and drive ... you cannot catch a Pokemon at high speeds.
  • Not all "places of interest" are still interesting. If a place of worship has obviously become a home, or has been converted then it may not be wise to lurk around it in the wee small hours.
  • Look both ways before crossing the road.

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