The augmented reality game Pokemon Go proofed to be a challenge for police in the UK.
Reports about Pokemon Go related crimes and accidents started to appear right when the game launched in the United States on July 6. A new BBC report says that Pokemon Go was involved in hundreds of police incidents in the UK since the game launched mid-July.
According to the BBC, the incidents involving Pokemon Go range from robberies, thefts, assaults to car driving offenses. Pokemon Go trainers have been victims, but also offenders in the reported incidents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
One described incident describes a Pokemon hunt turn into a fight of 30 Pokemon Go players. The weirdest case had the West Yorkshire Police respond to an emergency call made by a woman claiming that Pokemon characters were trying to get into her home.
Niantic started to introduce safety messages into the Pokemon Go app to warn players about not driving while playing. Trainers should stay aware of their surroundings while playing. The latter is rather difficult as the game is very attention grabbing. You need to keep looking up from the screen every couple of seconds while walking.
The game could benefit a lot from augmented reality glasses.
As long as Niantic is not rolling out the Pokemon tracker feature in the app to all trainers, here is a list of available Pokemon Go maps, trackers and notifiers. Using any 3rd party Pokemon Go software can get your account permanently banned.