Pokemania in Singapore: Mission to catch 'em all? Be careful where you tread

Players hunting for Pokemon have been urged by the police not to do so while driving or riding any personal mobility device, and to be aware of their surroundings and not walk out onto roads without looking.
Players hunting for Pokemon have been urged by the police not to do so while driving or riding any personal mobility device, and to be aware of their surroundings and not walk out onto roads without looking.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE/ FACEBOOK

Out hunting virtual creatures on the Pokemon Go game released here yesterday? The authorities and many organisations have some reminders for you.

The police urged people to place their own safety above catching the digital critters called Pokemon, offering advice such as playing in groups and reminding players not to trespass onto restricted or private property.

Players should also be aware of their surroundings and not walk out onto roads without looking.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said players should not play the game while driving, and reminded the public that all its camps and units, including fire stations, are restricted areas and not accessible without clearance.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force also reminded people not to trespass into its airbases and camps to catch Pokemon.

"All intruders, our Force Protection Troopers are gonna catch them all!" the air force said in a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post yesterday.

 

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The mobile game features PokeStops and Gyms, which are places based on landmarks or places of interest that players gather at to gain free items or battle one another.

Changi Airport, the Singapore Zoo and the National Gallery are among the many places with such in-game locations in their premises. They welcomed the game, but also reminded players to be mindful of their surroundings.

A spokesman for Changi Airport said: "Players should keep a lookout when they move around Changi Airport so they don't run into luggage trolleys, cleaning carts and other equipment."

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said it will put up a "Wildlife Survival Guide" for players visiting attractions under it, such as the River Safari and Singapore Zoo. This is "so they do not end up in awkward social media posts or worse, intruders in the lion's den", WRS said.

The National Gallery welcomed players to the gallery, but reminded them to be careful around art exhibitions and other visitors while playing the game there. Lester Hio

•More photos and tips online on Pokemon Go at http://str.sg/4TM7

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 07, 2016, with the headline 'Mission to catch 'em all? Be careful where you tread'. Print Edition | Subscribe