Pokémon Go has been out in Australia for a little over 24 hours now, and already the police are getting involved. The nature of the augmented reality app has seen gamers standing awkwardly on street corners, staring at playgrounds and pointing phone cameras into neighbours’ windows, but the Northern Territory Police department would like to draw a line.
Turns out the Darwin Police Station is featured in the game as a PokéStop, a check-in location that will net you bonus pokeballs or other items. The local constabulary has some tips for you – specifically, “you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs”.
It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.
Stay safe and catch ’em all!
PokéStops are popping up in all sorts of places around the country, prompting many gamers to discover new parks and landmarks in their local area.
But! This only works if you can log into the game. The official Pokémon Go Twitter has officially acknowledged that yes, there are some issues logging into the game, potentially due to the fact that every single person in the world is trying to do it at the same time.
Due to the incredible number of #PokemonGO downloads, some Trainers may experience sign-up difficulties. Don’t worry, our team is on it!
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 7, 2016
…in the meantime, keep trying, and stay calm.