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Pokemon Go mobile game prompts safety concerns

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

People all over are trying to catch them all.

Pokemon Go quickly became the most popular free app available on smartphones or tablets. You walk around your neighborhoods while seeking virtual, imaginary creatures on your screens.

People are addicted to it, and it’s starting to cause a few problems. People are so focused on their phones and games, they’re getting hurt by running into others or objects.

Abby Kovac just started playing the game on Sunday.

“I walked 11 miles playing the game,” she says.

The game includes hot spots, where there are lots of Pokemon to catch, and Pokestops, places where you can load up on pokeballs and other supplies. These spots are usually at city landmarks, creating what users say is an interesting way to explore.

But unfortunately, some people are exploiting this Pokenomenon. In Missouri, there was a report of three people getting arrested for robbery, waiting at those hot spots for targets.

Users say use your common sense while playing. Be aware of your surroundings, and go in groups. Also, don’t go anywhere where you might be put into a difficult situation.

“There's a lot on campus and it's always safer to walk through campus than to be walking around the Logan neighborhood and stuff like that,” Abby says.

That way, you can enjoy the game safely.

“You just want to find them all. Gotta catch them all!” Abby says.

The City of Spokane Parks Department wants to remind people that the parks are closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for Riverfront Park, which closes at midnight. Over the weekend, park rangers issued 5 tickets for people who were in the park after it closed while playing Pokemon Go. Because the game is so new, the department actually is turning those tickets into warnings. But if you are caught after hours and get ticketed, that ticket could cost you $513.

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