Poke­mon link to crime rise

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

MO­BILE app Poke­mon Go swept the coun­try and sent crime rates soar­ing ear­lier this year.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the pop­u­lar game has been linked to hun­dreds of crimes, in­clud­ing rob­beries, sex of­fences and thefts.

In just five weeks, 105 crimes were re­ported through­out the coun­try and all were re­lated to gamers avidly try­ing to ‘catch’ Poke­mon.

In­stead of catch­ing the mini vir­tual mon­sters, many found them­selves vic­tims of crimes as they be­came tar­gets.

A string of of­fences logged be­tween the UK launch date of the app on July 14, to Au­gust 21, in­cluded 37 rob­beries and 32 cases of theft and han­dling stolen goods.

There were also 22 cases of vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing four in­ci­dents of griev­ous bod­ily harm and six sex of­fences.

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