Q&A With Eric Spacek: Pokémon Go and Your Churchbeing there // on Thursday August 4, 2016
Our original post about Pokémon Go has garnered a lot of feedback and commentary. The original question was:
I found out last night that something near the north side of our church building is in the Pokémon Go game. I noticed a number of people driving into the parking lot, then driving into the north most parking section, and then leaving. This happened about six times over the course of 20 minutes. It has been repeated many times since then and we have VBS this week, so our parking lot has been full. Does this pose any sort of liability risk to us?
Eric Spacek, GuideOne’s Risk Management and Loss Control Director, has provided some additional information on this growing concern.
Property Removal – Churches and any other property owners have the option to remove their property from the Pokémon Go game. If you wish to do so, you may fill out a Removal Request Form online.
Criminal Activity – There have been reports of criminals targeting groups of users who congregate at places where the Pokémon creatures may be captured. Be attuned to this if your property appears to be a gathering place.
Wireless Network – Game players who come onto the property may seek to access your public wireless network. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with providing an open wireless network. Review our recent blog post on Cyber Security for more information on how to protect your wireless network.
Did this topic spark a question regarding church safety or policy? Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and look for the answer in an upcoming blog post.