Pokémon GO craze prompts warning Greensboro police

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police are warning Pokémon GO gamers to be cautious while playing the virtual reality game.

Officer Wingfield, with the department, said although there are not reports of robberies or crimes related to the app, gamers should still be careful.

“When you’re involved in a game and not paying attention to what’s going on around you, your situational awareness can go down,” Wingfield said. “It’s definitely a show that times are changing with how we're responding to different things but it goes back to -- whenever there’s a new technology out there we have to respond to that in a situational environment and sort of just try and stay ahead of the curve as best as we can.”

Gamer Mary Nease said she’s never experienced any negative encounters while capturing characters but also emphasizes it’s more fun to play with friends anyway.

“I was just driving around trying to get more Poké Balls and Pokéstops and I saw a massive amount of people playing on UNCG’s campus last night so I thought, 'Hey why not make a Greensboro event?'” Nease said. “Going to UNCG's campus or the mall, people will set up lure modules there and you'll play with other people and those are nice open safe places. But if you see one out in the middle of nowhere, don’t go.”

Nease created a meet and greet for gamers to interact together through the Pokémon Go Greensboro Facebook group. The event is set for July 30 at 9 p.m. at the Elliot University Center at UNCG.