The number of crimes involving dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr has increased by 700% over the past two years.
In 2014, the number of crimes that had been reported, made a drastic jump to 204, according to figures obtained by the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act. The Metropolitan police have reported there being reports of rape, grooming and attempted murder.
Users have said to be vulnerable to dating apps and figures released have shown that victims may be “too embarrassed” to go the police.
Lorraine Roberts, Student Support Advisor at the University of Brighton, stated that: “young people need to know who they are talking to before meeting up with someone”. She further added that, “people need to know the risks of joining these dating sites”, as the consequences may be horrific.
There have been 412 reports of crimes in both England and Wales that have been related to the dating sites Tinder and Grindr in 2015.
Remzi Tomlin, a student from the University of Brighton, is focusing his final year dissertation on the dangers of dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr. He states that people who use these sites “need to take more precautions when meeting up”.