IMPD says Pokémon Go is wasting valuable police resources

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Pokémon Go is causing a multitude of public safety issues around Indianapolis. So much so, in fact, that IMPD say Pokémon Go is wasting valuable law enforcement resources.

“From what I understand, the little guy…Pikachu is supposed to be a good guy. But, right now he is causing trouble for the real good guys out there who are trying to respond to calls for service,” says IMPD Officer Jim Gillespie.

Police say the game wastes valuable resources and time. Officers are dealing with traffic violations which could result in tickets.

“Subjects were stopping in the middle of the road with their vehicle, jumping out, and then playing the game. Getting the Pokémon so they could get the points…which could cause an accident,” says Gillespie.

IMPD is also dealing with trespassing calls where residents are finding strangers sprinting onto their property in search of Pokémon points. Police apprehended one man after he climbed a fence and alarms went off.

“If they continue to pursue a Pokémon on that property and officers are responding, we already have a heightened sense of risk when we respond to alarms and if we have somebody on the property we don’t know what the threat is. So, we respond accordingly,” says Gillespie.

In Hancock County, police arrested a 42-year-old sex offender after he was caught playing Pokémon Go with a teenager, another telling example that the game is leading to public safety issues.