FOX NEWS LATINO - One of the most generous Pokemon Go “gyms” in Caracas is located just outside the Lider mall, but nobody dares go there with a cellphone.
In a country where 3,000 cellphones are stolen every day, walking around with a handheld device out does not seem like a good idea, least of all in the low-income area where Lider is located.
“I have only seen two or three people playing each day, and they try to do it as close to the mall entrance as possible. This is not a safe area,” said Daniel Hernandez, a mall cop.
“Playing a game like this one is a terrible idea in Venezuela,” added Luis Izquiel, a local lawyer and criminologist. “Many of the murders occur during robberies,” he told Fox News Latino.
According to the National Observatory of Violence, 27,875 people were killed in Venezuela in 2015. In 1999, the year Chavismo took power, the number was 4,550.