Pokemon ‘Gone’

2016-08-16 06:00

Pokemon Go may be the new craze doing the rounds, but police in Rondebosch are warning parents that children playing the game could become targets for criminals.

Rondebosch police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam is calling on parents to be with their children when they are out playing the game.

“The children are distracted and easily become targets for criminals,” he says.

“On Saturday 6 August at 18:20 in Alfred Road, Newlands, three children were busy ‘catching’ Pokemons when they were accosted by two suspects. The suspects pretended to ask for directions but grabbed their cellphones and ran away. Luckily they were not injured.

“As you set out to catch Pokemons, be alert at all times; stay aware of your surroundings. Parents are advised to keep an eye while the kids are outside playing the game.

“Remind your kids about stranger danger. Remember as you battle, train and capture your Pokemons that you’re still in the real world where there are real dangers.”

Pokemon Go is game played with cell phones where players use a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures, called Pokemon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.

. In a separate incident, a 50-year-old bicycle thief was arrested after being caught in the act.

Rondebosch police with the help of ADT arrested the suspect on Saturday 6 August at 15:45 in Oakhurst Road in Rondebosch.

It is alleged that the suspect was spotted pushing the bike over the wall at a residence in Oakhurst Road where he was arrested and detained for being in possession of a stolen bicycle.

“Burglaries at apartments are still a concern in the central sector area,” continues Sisam. “Residents are reminded to please activate their alarms and lock security gates even if you are just popping out for a few minutes. Perpetrators are taking advantage of your negligence.”

V Residents who want to report suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods can contact the central sector on 082 378 9289 and the suburb sector on 082 378 9264.

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