The Pokémon Go craze has swept the nation– and UCF is no exception– but the UCF Police Department reminds players to stay alert and aware of their surroundings.

Pokémon Go is a mobile game that creates an ”augmented reality” using GPS power. Players collect Pokémon characters as they explore their physical surroundings. The game has been credited with bringing people together to explore new places and to motivate people to get active and go outside.

UCF has several Pokéstops, including the Reflecting Pond, the John C. Hitt Library, Memory Mall and even the fallen officer memorial statue in front of UCFPD.

Pokémon Trainers, enjoy trying to “catch ‘em all,” but please take the following safety precautions:

  • Don’t drive while playing Pokémon Go.
  • Pay attention where you are walking. Don’t walk into or near traffic.
  • Don’t go places you wouldn’t normally feel safe going.
  • Use the buddy system, especially at night in unfamiliar places.
  • Stay hydrated. (It’s summer in Florida. Please drink lots of water!)
  • Be vigilant at all times.
  • Don’t trespass.
  • Be respectful to the people you meet.
  • Have fun!