Pokemon GO Takes the World by Storm

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Gotta catch ’em all! Pokémon GO is the latest cell phone craze.

You can catch Pokémon in all types of habitats, but one thing’s for sure, you can’t be successful at the game by sitting on your couch.

“In order to play the game effectively you have to actually navigate your way through the real world, which a lot of games do the opposite of that now,” Level 14 Trainer Zachary Smith said.

AJ Lopez helped set up PokeStops and PokeGyms all around MSU’s campus to make sure it was a go-to spot in town.

“We have the students walking around all the time and we know the community comes out to the Sikes Lake area, so we wanted to make sure that it was a place they could go,” Lopez said. “It’s just fun to finally see it come out in real life and we can go out on our own little adventure!”

But as you’re traveling around town to collect all the Pokémon, it’s important to remember that it’s just a game.

“There are a lot of people that are becoming victims of crimes, whether it’s thefts or even robberies, because they’re just not paying attention,” WFPD Officer Jeff Hughes said. “They’re more concerned about catching Pokémon, than they are their surroundings.”

As you try to catch ’em all, stay aware of what’s happening around you.

Keep your head up, and of course, don’t drive and collect.

Also beware of collecting Pokémon in areas where you’re not allowed to be, like private property, or the cemetery.

The cemetery opens every morning at 8 a.m. and closes at sunset; if you’re there after hours, you could be arrested for criminal trespass.

Officer Hughes said it’s also important to be careful when encountering people you don’t know, and never get out any information to strangers.

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