PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — The massive popularity of Pokemon Go is giving local police a headache. In some cases, police say, the game is convincing players to trespass.
Pflugerville Police posted on Facebook advising people not to enter private property without permission, including the Pflugerville Police Department. The department told KXAN several Pokemon Go players were seen walking around a water tower near the headquarters trying to get around a secure chain-link fence.
Police point out with all the unrest around the country they aren’t sure if people have their phones out to take pictures of police cars and private vehicles or if they are just playing the game.
“Although the new Pokemon Go game has become extremely popular, please be respectful of private property and do not enter secure premises, such as the Pflugerville Police Department, to catch them all,” said Pflugerville Police in their Facebook post.
A KXAN viewer reported seeing people swarming the Daniel E. Ruiz Library on Grove Boulevard. Around 3 a.m. there were up to 40 people looking to capture new Pokemon.
The game uses your smartphone or tablet camera to help capture Pokemon in real-life locations. Many people are posting their battle scars from running into things while playing the game. Police and transportation officials want to remind everyone to watch their surroundings when walking and never play while driving.
The Harlingen Police Department posted a list of safety reminders for Pokemon Go users.
Safety tips while you catch ’em all
- Watch out for your surrounding: Look up and be aware of who is around you besides Pokemon
- Parents limit places kids can go: Set boundaries to avoid stranger danger for kids unattended
- Don’t Pokemon Go and drive: Catching Pikachu isn’t worth crashing
- Tell people where you’re going if it is somewhere you’ve never been
- Don’t trespass: People might call the police if you enter private property and your Pokemon can’t help you
- If you are stopped by police: Show them you are playing a game