Chief Scott Allen, Chief of Police
153 Central St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
East Bridgewater Police Caution Residents to Stay Safe While Playing Pokémon Go
EAST BRIDGEWATER — As Pokémon Go becomes increasingly popular, Chief Scott Allen and the East Bridgewater Police Department would like to remind residents to please play safely and responsibly.
The increasingly popular smartphone app allows users to collect Pokémon characters in a simulated virtual world — tapping into the device’s GPS system to tracks where players are throughout the day. To catch Pokémon, users travel to different spots, locating creatures as they move up and down streets, through buildings and into their homes.
While no accidents or issues have been reported in East Bridgewater due to Pokémon Go, numerous incidents have been reported both locally and nationwide. Chief Allen asks that citizens remember to always be aware of their surroundings and to be respectful of others while playing.
• Stay alert. Keep your eyes on the road and off your mobile screen when walking around, especially in areas where you need to cross the street or where there is heavy traffic flow.
• Do not use the game while operating a motor vehicle. Keep the app closed while behind the wheel. Pull over and park your vehicle once you’ve reached your destination and plan your route ahead of time if the game requires you to walk to another location.
• Let others know where you’re going. If you’re walking to an unfamiliar area, tell a friend or family member your plans.
• Be visible. Stay in areas where you can be seen and where others can see you. Always be aware of your surroundings.
• Be respectful. Do not loiter in front of homes or businesses. If in a large group, be aware of the time of day or night and keep noise at an appropriate volume.
• Stay off private property and away from construction zones, as well as other areas where public access is prohibited.
• Parents, set guidelines for children. Limit where they can go in your neighborhood and remind them to never interact or go anywhere with strangers.
“Please be careful and cautious of your surroundings while playing Pokémon Go,” Chief Allen said. “Users should be aware of where they are walking and alert at all times, no matter what is happening on a phone screen.”