Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed that was released in July 2016.
The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. The game quickly became one of the most used smart device apps after launching.
As of yet there have been no reported instances of Pokémon Go related crimes at any of our BID areas, however there are incentive's within the game for players to visit a number of locations within our BID area. Players can visit "pokéstops", generally located at points of interest, making it possible for people to congregate at the stops.
Please make all security/officers aware of the potential for a congregation to occur at certain landmarks. Individuals may also be attempting to seek access to back of house areas where they believe they may find a rare Pokémon.
There have been publicised instances of crime involving the game, mainly in the US, where players were shot at by a home owner who assumed they were being burgled. From a public order perspective, there have been further news stories, again mostly in the US, regarding crowds of people flocking to certain areas when a rare character is spotted.
Although a large proportion of the crime and public disorder issues have been in the United States, there is also still potential for incidents to occur at our BID locations. Security/Officers are to be aware of the potential for the congregation of groups and the potential accessing of restricted areas. There is also a small chance of robberies, though this is yet to be seen.
Please remember to communicate using your BCRP radio if you have intelligence of a congregation occurring; and report non-emergencies via 101 and emergencies via 999.
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