Over the past four years, 17 people in the Greater Manchester area have reported being raped after using one of two apps, Grindr and Tinder, according to police statistics obtained by Leech through a freedom of information request.
A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. For context, in 2012 the area had an overall average of 243 sexual assaults and rapes every month.) Many apps offer a page of advice for safe dating.
But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk.
"Always bear in mind that the other person is a stranger.
Take your time to really get to know someone, and ensure he or she is who they say they are.” “If you even get a gut feeling that something is not quite right, ask a friend for advice and their opinion.
Often on multiple apps at once, users can swipe through dozens of profiles every minute and plan multiple dates, whether in hopes of a love match or a hook-up.
Decisions to meet arise from limited information: A convenient location; a sultry glance captured in pixels; a mutual interest in “banter.” In 2014, Tinder users were spending as long as 90 minutes a day on the site.
Lyne disappeared last Friday after leaving to meet a date, who police identified as John Robert Charlton, 37.
Her ex-husband reported her missing on Saturday — and a dismembered body, including a severed head and foot tentatively identified as Lyne's, were discovered Monday in a recycling bin in Seattle’s Central District.Take a deep breath, and take a step back, as you are the perfect target for a sociopath.Online dating is a perfect place for meeting a sociopath. Some wait for the perfect prey, others simply target someone that has previously been victimised and is vulnerable, or lonely.If you have been through a rough time before, and seek to find another relationship to feel better and get over the hurt and pain of the last one – STOP!!!You also have the ability to block someone on a dating site messaging system." “When you meet someone you can quickly feel like you know them really well, because it’s often easier to connect in writing and to read more into the written word than the spoken word.