How to Safely Hunt Pokemon in Pokemon Go
Where to hunt
Know your area
Yes, it's fun to follow a GPS to track Pokemon all over, but stick to areas you know are safe. Choose areas that are populated and have good lighting if night-hunting. Want an adventure outside your own community? Visit a Pokemon friend in another town for a guided tour of his/her community (and offer the same for your friend). Ultimately, never hunt Pokemon in an area in which you have never previously felt safe.
Use the buddy system
Your mom told you to do it. Your teacher told you to do it. Always pair up with another person before going on the hunt. The more the merrier -- make it a group event. If you cannot pair up with someone, make sure someone else knows your hunting itinerary and check in frequently. If they don't hear from you within a scheduled time frame, they can alert authorities or come find you.
Look where you're going
Numerous injuries have been reported from players not watching where they are walking. Doors, trees, poles, potholes, etc., can't move out of your way just because you are tracking a Pokemon.
Don't Pokemon hunt and drive
If you are driving to a Pokemon location instead of walking, pull over in a safe area to throw out your Pokeball. Don't try to do it while driving.
Don't Pokemon and drive
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Always be aware of your surroundings
Even if it's a place you know well, keep in mind that this game is drawing a lot of people out to play...or to take advantage of those who do. If someone looks suspicious, follow your gut instinct and leave.
These few, common-sense tactics will help you have a ton of fun with Pokemon Go. Remember all the safety rules you learned as a kid and apply them now. There's no reason to let a few negative experiences keep you from enjoying this augmented reality game.