Pokemon Go is a craze that seems to be sweeping this and many other nations. Many people age having a lot of fun. Why not encourage it?
- There have been several instances reported, where people have got into trouble in the course of the game. Please note that I said ‘in the course of’ and not ‘as a result of’. That distinction is important.
- Critics have been described as killjoys and a good deal worse.
This seems to me to be a classic case for the application of Risk Management.
- What are the risks?
- How can they be managed?
The main risks appear to be to participants getting attacked, harassed or injured accidentally while in unsafe locations. Some have been in road accidents because they were so absorbed in the virtual world they lost touch with the real one. Some have had encounters with the police as they appeared to be acting suspiciously.
There is also the risk that criminals might pretend to be Pokemon players to get access to property or to persuade people not to call the police.
The appropriate controls may seem obvious, but events indicate that they have not so seemed to everyone.
- Do not go alone to lonely locations.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep in touch with someone.
- Have some means of identification.
- If challenged, give a polite, sensible answer: do not antagonise people.
- Ask permission to enter private property.
I hope these simple measures will enable you to play safely and enjoy it.
If you do not play Pokemon Go or if you did not need any of the above advice, just pause and ask yourself if there are comparable situations in your business.
- Are you experiencing problems just because you are not taking some basic measures
- Are you hesitant about entering a new market or trying a different approach because of the risks?
- Do you need some Risk Management advice, so you can do what you want or need to do while controlling the risks?
You know where to find me!