To say that Pokémon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon is a massive understatement.
It seems like everywhere you go these days, you’ll find large groups of people walking around, phone in hand, capturing those cute little pocket monsters, talking to each other about tips and strategies, or perhaps battling back and forth for control of a local gym. This game has practically changed society overnight.
While the game is a lot of fun (and more than a little addictive), any game that draws so many people together in public places is certain to draw out the bad element at times, like it or not.
Here are four tips to stay safe out there while you collect ’em all.
1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
Walking around staring at your phone screen, especially in populated areas, is risky business at the best of times. While playing Pokémon GO, you need to make sure you don’t accidentally wander into traffic, or walk off a pier, etc. Pay even more attention to your environment than usual, if you must.
2. Capture with Friends
Pokémon GO is, after all, designed to be a social game, so it’s best if you bring along a friend or two to accompany you while playing. You can not only help one another be aware of your surroundings, but a group walking together is less likely to be targeted by bad guys and Team Rocket.
3. Avoid Lures in Sketchy Places
As inviting as that 1:00am Pokéstop lure in the middle of the woods seems, it might have been set up by someone looking for trouble. Don’t be…well, lured into a bad situation just to nab a few extra Pokéballs. It’s not worth it.
4. Don’t Trespass on Private Property
While it’s tempting to jump a fence to snatch up a rare Pokémon, you don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property to do so. Don’t sneak around strangers’ back yards, or trespass on government property where you’re not allowed to be.
Keep these tips in mind and stay safe out there, trainers!
What is the strangest place you have found Pokémon thus far?