Area agencies warn of ‘Pokemon Go’ dangers

NOTE: Niantic, Inc., and The Pokemon Company have lowered the security needed for Google users to access the Pokemon Go app. Previously, you needed to grant full access to your accounts. Now, you can limit what the app can access. Still concerned? Sign up for the game through Pokemon Trainer Club or create a separate Google account just for the game.

UPDATE @ 6:38 p.m.: Area law enforcement and businesses are warning people playing Pokemon Go to avoid trespassing.

The Kettering Police Department posted a warning on its Facebook page telling players not to play the game in parks and businesses after hours. Dayton Power & Light also released a statement, telling people not to use their facilities as a gaming location.

“It’s not worth taking the risk to safety,” said Mary Ann Cable, DP&L corporate communications director.

The smart phone app, based off the popular video game and cartoon, allows users to travel the city using their phone’s GPS to catch Pokemon. Certain types only show up in specific areas and times of day.

Players were gathering near the utility company to capture an electric type Pokemon, despite all of the warning signs of high voltage. Only DP&L employees are permitted in certain areas, especially after business hours.

“They are adequately trained and certified,” Cable said. “Adults and children have no business going there or even getting that close.”

Kettering police said people who are gathering near businesses and parks after dark to play the game are making themselves look suspicious and could possibly be cited.

More than 7 million people have downloaded the app since it was released on July 5.

Jarrod Kinkley, who recently tried out the app, said it reminds him of Pokemon games he played as a kid but he plans to be careful.

“It takes the Game Boy experience to another level,” Kinkley said. “But you have got to use some common sense.”

INITIAL REPORT

As the game "Pokemon Go" takes over the lives of children and adults alike, it's also presenting some problems.

In Missouri, four people were arrested early Sunday after they allegedly robbed multiple people at gunpoint using the "Pokemon Go" smartphone app.

In Wyoming, a teenager found a dead body in a river last week while playing the game.

In the Miami Valley, the city of Bellbrook has had a few incidents with children playing the “Pokemon Go” game, according to Lt. Stephen Carmin.

Carmin said they’ve received reports of people trespassing on private property late at night and early in the morning, as well as drivers swerving as they’re looking for Pokemon.

“You don’t want to go onto private property, even if it is for that rare Pokemon,” Carmin said. “That can end poorly for the person doing that. That person’s property you’re on, they don’t know who you are. If you’re out there late at night or early in the morning, it could create a bad situation, a safety issue.”

Carmin warns those who are playing the game to “be aware of your surroundings. Don’t go to remote locations by yourself,” and look for traffic. He said there are four or five recharge spots in downtown Bellbrook where children have frequented.

“Don’t trespass,” Carmin said. “Don’t break laws. Understand that you need to abide by all those things. Be safe, but have fun.”

News Center 7’s Lauren Clark will bring you more on this story later today.

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