Lancashire Police issue guidance for users playing Pokemon Go

Posted on - 14th July, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Preston News

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Lancashire Police have issued guidance for users and for parents of kids who have started playing Pokemon Go.

The game has taken the world by storm over the past week and encourages gamers to head out to certain spots to catch wild Pokemon.

This has resulted in several issues, particularly in the US, with kids accidentally ending up in dangerous situations.

The advice in full for Pokemon Go users is this. 

  • Communicate with your family or friends to let them know where you plan on going and what time they should expect you back home.
  • If you’re using the app in a public place, stay alert to what is going on around you – and who is around you.
  • Don’t trespass on private land or put yourselves and others at risk whilst using the app. Avoid potentially dangerous locations that could make you more vulnerable to injury or becoming a victim of crime.
  • Respect the wishes of local residents and businesses who aren’t happy to have been automatically selected to be local Pokéstops or Gyms.
  • The app quickly drains mobile phone battery, so be sure to conserve enough battery life and/or take a charging pack with you in order to make emergency calls if necessary.
  • Download Google Maps over WiFi beforehand to use in ‘Offline Mode’ to avoid surprise bills from your mobile data provider.

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