'Roving groups of young people' not looking for trouble, police - WNEM TV 5

'Roving groups of young people' not looking for trouble, police say

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CARO, MI (WNEM) -

Pokemon Go is alive and well in Caro.

Police said concerned citizens have been calling their department reporting “roving groups of young people” in the city.

“The new online game "Pokemon Go" is alive and well in Caro. We had had some concerned citizens call about roving groups of young people in the city. Rest assured that they are not breaking any law and are in fact having fun. If you suspect there is unlawful activity, we will gladly check it out, however, this game which is played outside and has caught on worldwide, is harmless. The app was released only a couple of weeks ago and is the most downloaded app ever. If you see a group of people that you are concerned with, watch for a while and you will probably see them all staring at their cell phones while walking. We are more concerned with their safety of possibly walking out in front of a car while staring at their cell phone...”

The new Pokemon Go app has taken smart phone users by storm. It uses your phone’s GPS to create a map of your location, using your surroundings as points of interest in the game.

“If you suspect there is unlawful activity, we will gladly check it out, however, this game which is played outside and has caught on worldwide, is harmless,” the Caro Police Department posted on Facebook.

The app launched last Wednesday in the United States and more than a million people are taking part in the new craze.

Covenant Hospital also released a statement on Monday in regards to hunting Pokemon on hospital grounds.

"While Covenant HealthCare believes it is great physical exercise for children to hunt for GPS Pokemon, the hospital is not the place to do this. Our patients need their rest, and protection from germs. To ensure extraordinary care for our patient, Covenant prohibits entry into the hospital to hunt for Pokemon. Our security department and the local police have been alerted to this situation. We hope parents help children understand the seriousness of this issue and only allow children to enter Covenant facilities when they are appropriately visiting patients."

In Wyoming, a woman hoping to find water Pokemon found a body lying face down in the water. In Missouri, police warned citizens thieves were using the app to lure victims into secluded areas before robbing them.

While the risks of playing the game are recently becoming known, Caro Police Department said the game is “harmless” and gets young people outside.

“We are more concerned with their safety of possibly walking out in front of a car while starting at their cell phone,” the department posted. 

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