In the past week since Pokémon Go was introduced in Argentina, the Metropolitan Police have registered a higher quantity of petty theft.
In other news, walking around a large, metropolitan area with your phone in plain view means that more people will want to take the phone that you have loudly demonstrated having.
Ricardo Pedace, the deputy of the Metropolitan Police, affirmed that in the past week, the department has noticed a spike in Pokémon-centric crime. “It’s the perfect business for purse-snatchers. People stare dreamily at their screens and don’t know what’s happening near them,” he said during an interview with Radio 10, reported Ambito. “Pokémon hunters will appear wanting to enter private property, saying that there’s a Pokémon within the residence.”
This news is not limited to Argentina; armed robbers in the US state of Missouri used Pokémon Go to tempt victims into a car in an empty parking lot, where they then tried to rob the teenagers who stumbled into their trap. A teenager in Wyoming discovered a dead body while Pokémon hunting. A young college student in San Fransisco was shot and killed while playing Pokémon Go in Aquatic Park, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
“We encourage all people playing Pokemon Go to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places,” Pokemon Company International and Niantic said in an emailed statement, reported Reuters, without mentioning the fact that this game depends on exploring new areas and brandishing cell phones.
Unfortunately for Pokémon Go players, iPhones are real, Pokémon are not. While traipsing through strange neighborhoods on a hunt for virtual reality monster pets is ostensibly fun, your Pokémon cannot defend you against someone in your own world.