SINGAPORE: Two men, aged 28 and 33, have been arrested for fighting over Pokemon GO, in the first arrest related to the popular gaming app in Singapore, the police said in a news release on Tuesday (Aug 16).
The police said they received a call last Sunday reporting a dispute between a car driver and a pedestrian at the car park entrance of Plaza Singapura. Investigations revealed that the pedestrian was playing Pokemon GO on his mobile phone while crossing the road.
The car driver sounded his car horn at the pedestrian, after which a dispute arose and blows were exchanged. Both were arrested at the scene, police said.
For the offence of affray, both men face up to one year’s jail or a fine of S$5,000, police added.
The police said they have noted several reports on social media of people crossing roads without regard for their safety or those of motorists, parking inconsiderately, or generally causing inconvenience to others while allegedly chasing Pokemon.
They also issued an advisory for Pokemon GO players:
• Be aware of your personal safety when out looking for Pokemon. You should play in pairs or as a group to ensure your personal safety.
• Watch where you are walking, be aware of your surroundings and do not walk out onto roads without looking.
• Do not play the game and drive any vehicle or ride any personal mobility device at the same time. You cannot do both safely.
• Do not trespass onto restricted areas and private properties. Do not take pictures of restricted areas.
• Be aware that you are potentially sharing data with others; there could be potential criminals who may seek the opportunity to lure victims to their fake “Pokestops”.
• Educate your children to stranger-danger at “Pokestops”.
• Never reveal your personal information and watch out for fake apps or cheat tools. Cyber criminals can access your personal data to commit fraud or hack into your phone with viruses and malware.
“In your search to ‘catch ’em all’, please do not endanger your life or personal safety, or cause inconvenience to those around you,” the police added.