Melrose Police Department

Melrose Police Advise Residents to Use Caution When Playing Pokemon Go

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Monday, July 18, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Melrose Police Advise Residents to Use Caution When Playing Pokemon Go

MELROSE — With an abundance of residents downloading and playing Pokémon Go, Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department are strongly urging community members to put their safety first by using caution when trying to catch creatures located in the city.

The increasingly popular smartphone app allows users to collect Pokémon characters in a simulated virtual world — tapping into the device’s GPS system to track where players are throughout the day. To catch Pokémon, users travel to different spots, locating animals as they move up and down streets, through buildings and into their homes.

While no accidents or issues have been reported in Melrose as a result of Pokémon Go, numerous incidents have occurred both locally and nationwide. Chief Lyle asks that citizens remember to always be aware of their surroundings and to be respectful of others while playing.

“We certainly don’t want this game to be the cause of any accidents or injuries,” Chief Lyle said. “If you’re walking or driving around the city, keep your eyes on what’s in front of you, and if you must stop to engage in the game, make sure you are away from the flow of traffic and in view of other pedestrians and motorists. Never venture onto private property or areas that are normally prohibited to the public.”