In Eden Prairie we have received several calls regarding suspicious people and vehicles in City parks and other locations that turned out to be Pokémon Go hunters. As a reminder, City parks are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is a violation of city code to be in a City park after hours.
Worldwide, there have been reports of injuries and accidents while playing Pokémon Go, so please use common sense when hunting. Last Thursday two young Pokémon Go hunters in Canada accidentally crossed the U.S. border into Montana where they were detained by the Border Patrol. They were quickly reunited with their mother at the Border Patrol Station.
Here are a few additional Pokémon Go safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Be respectful of others around you.
- Play in pairs or as a group to ensure your safety.
- Stay alert at night and play in well-lit areas.
- Do not drive or ride your bike or skateboard while interacting with the app — you can’t do both safely.
- Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you normally would not if you weren’t playing Pokémon Go.
- Tell your kids to be mindful of strangers. The app may draw strangers together in real life at “Pokéstops.”
- Be aware of third-party software apps claiming to enhance the gaming experience. These apps only give access to sensitive data — i.e. name, email, calendar, etc.
Have fun and stay safe!