Base: Please Don't Threaten National Security With Pokemon Go


It's time for a few guidelines for gamers, Navy officials in Gulfport have decided.

For example, please don't attempt to enter a military installation, even if you're in search of a Poliwag. Neither the promise of two Pokemon gyms nor rumors of a Pikachu are enough to justify what technically qualifies as an unauthorized intrusion onto the Seabee base.

For those stationed at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, officials also have issued a policy -- or rather, reminded them of an existing policy: Camera use on an installation is prohibited unless approved by the public affairs officer. That means "Pokemon Go," which requires the use of a cellphone camera, is a no-go on the base (other than in housing areas.)

Anyone caught using a cellphone camera on board the base, yes, even to play "Pokemon Go," could face disciplinary action. And playing the game at or near entry points? That poses a security issue, officials said.

"We understand the allure of trying to "catch them all," but security is a major concern here on base and unauthorized attempts of intrusion will not be taken lightly," said base assistant public affairs officer Brian Lamar.

The Seabee base is just the latest example of game-players needing to be reminded not to play in inappropriate places. See also, the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery.

We do not consider playing "Pokemon Go" to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity.

— Arlington Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) July 12, 2016

Dozens of police departments also have issued statements warning people against driving and playing, as well to watch where they are going when walking and warnings about would-be robbers using the game to lure people to certain locations.

The Coast certainly hasn't been left off the "Pokemon Go" trend. You can find players in just about every city and at every landmark.

This Pokemon Go stuff is drawing crowds to our signature landmark. Second day in a row. #pokemongo

— CityofBiloxi (@CityofBiloxi) July 12, 2016

The Seabee base, though, also issued a caution about playing off base, reminding Seabees to remain vigilant when driving and watch for people possibly playing the game and not paying attention to where they are walking. Being especially careful about "lures" is important, officials said, and players should avoid lures in unlit or abandoned areas.

As for Keesler Air Force Base, players there are home free -- for now. The U.S. Air Force hasn't yet issued any guidance on the game, though one would imagine they agree with warnings against breaking onto the base.

Representatives with the Mississippi National Guard and Air National Guard could not immediately be reached for comment.

Regina Zilbermints: 228-896-2340, @RZilbermints ___

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