Now, maybe you’re wondering what all the fuss is with Pokemon, or perhaps, you’ve spotted the odd one lurking about yourself here and there.
Let’s face it, they’ve been hard to avoid over the last couple of months as the Pokemon Go craze sweeps the nation. And those cheeky little critters really do get everywhere it seems.
But amidst all the fun, is the lust for catching Pokemon causing people to throw caution to the wind and risk their own safety in the process?
Recent news reports have revealed that people have become so taken with the game, that they have strayed into dangerous areas such as near cliff edges and live railway tracks. And, believe it or not, developers have also had to issue warnings to people of the dangers of straying onto construction sites as some have even appeared there.
Apparently some of the locations where the Pokemon can be found became construction sites after the game was launched. And despite the fact that the games developer Niantic frequently warns players not to go into places where their safety could be at risk, people are often ignoring the warnings.
According to an investigation by Building magazine last month, there were more than 50 instances of building site trespass in only one month, and many believe that the game has become so enthralling it is causing people to abandon their own personal security in the process. Players can lose track of where they are, find a dip in their awareness and even leave themselves susceptible to crimes such as mugging and assault.
However, it is hard to resist the urge to make light of the subject when it comes to the thought of fully grown adults chasing pocket sized monsters all over the place. Which is why several construction firms have shown their sense of humour while still getting the safety message across. Mace, for example, put up signs saying “Wild Pokemon not permitted on this site.” Thumbs up for the sense of humour!
As such, it’s important that construction industry bosses become aware of whether there might be a Pokemon presence on their property and that they encourage staff to be vigilant of any trespassers. This way, hopefully it will reduce the already high incidences of harm that have occurred.