It's a "gotta catch 'em all" scenario as "Pokemon Go," the latest smartphone game craze, has taken communities by force since its official release earlier this month. 

"Pokemon Go" isn't just for gamers or kids, either — parents, and even grandparents are playing the digital-monster game. As a location-based augmented reality game, especially one made for smartphones, the availability of playing "Pokemon Go" is literally in the player's pocket. Mundane tasks such as walking the dog now have a renewed interest, along with jogging and taking strolls around your neighborhood to find "PokeStops," and "gyms." 

Landmarks, churches and even civic buildings can be designated as gyms where Pokemon teams battle each other for control with their Pokemon. The free-to-play game also has a built-in way of measuring how many steps you've taken in order to help hatch Pokemon eggs.

With this in mind, it can make for serious distractions from the real world; people have reported accidents, injuries and criminal trespassing in some states.

In Encinitas, Calif., two men playing "Pokemon Go" fell off an ocean bluff. Firefighters said that the men climbed through a fence while playing the mobile game, with one falling about 50 feet down the side of unstable bluff and the other falling 90 feet to the beach. Both players were not severely injured, but rescuers said it could have been much worse.

In an instance of criminal trespassing, two players of the game in Ohio were arrested for trespassing at the Toledo Zoo while searching for the digital creatures. 

The game's popularity has been monitored by the digital market intelligence firm, SimilarWeb. According to its research, "Pokemon Go" is more popular with U.S. Android users right now than "tweeting, binge watching TV on Netflix, or listening to music on Pandora or Spotify." Earlier in the week, 5.9 percent of all U.S. Android users were playing the game. In comparison, 4.1 percent used Twitter's app on the same day. 

"Pokemon Go seems to be creating a few cases of cellphone induced zombie-ism," said Independence Police Chief, Jerry Harrison. "People have been stumbling around town, staring intently at their phones. But beware, virtual gaming can get you a real tow bill."

He added that the Independence law enforcement have already responded to a vehicle "that rolled off the pavement due to the operator focusing on the game, and not the vehicle."

"Your local police want you to have a good time, but as always, we want you to be safe," the Chief said in a press release regarding the game and its possible risks. "Please heed our words of advice as you go about your gaming day."

Harrison's "Pokemon Go" safety tips are:

• Be aware of your surroundings, don't focus on your phone and stumble into the path of motorists.

• Be mindful of when public areas close. "Riverside Park closes at midnight. You don't have to go home, but you can't Pokemon Go here between midnight to 6 a.m.," Harrison added.

• Respect private property; "Pokemon Go does not give you the right to wander into places the general public is not allowed."

• Most importantly, he added, "do not Pokemon Go and drive." The chief added that gamers should be driving, not swerving in an attempt to catch that Pikachu that popped up on the side of the road.

"If you don't follow these guidelines, your virtual-based game could get you in a reality-based injury. Be safe, and happy hunting," he said.