Online Dating Related Crimes Have Risen By 382%: Why Dating Platforms Need To Put Safety First
For those of you dating in 2020, you are probably no stranger to the world of online dating. In fact, reports have shown that seven million people in the UK are registered on dating sites, and around 1 in 3 relationships now start online. Although the world wide web and all the apps that come with it offer a great way to connect with people fast, there has been a huge increase in reported crimes related to online dating.
Sky News recently obtained some worrying figures. 2,054 offences were recorded between 2011 and 2016. In 2011, 140 crimes were recorded and by 2016 this had risen to 676. This means that online dating related crimes have risen by a whopping 382% over the past five years.
In addition to this, the number of sexual crimes reported rose from 14 to 106 during the same period – a 660% increase! These are just the reported crimes too. It’s safe to assume that the true numbers are actually a lot higher than this.
Online Dating Dangers
Online dating dangers include fake profiles, stalking and harassment, blackmail, rape and in some extreme cases attempted murder. It has even been reported that people use dating apps to trick people into attending drug-fuelled sex parties.
Although some of these dating sites and apps offer safety tips, it’s clearly not enough to keep their users safe and they should be doing a lot more. So many online dating sites literally give criminals their very own playground and thousands of unwitting victims to choose from.
A Safer Way of Online Dating
Here at Safer Date, we fully understand the dangers of online dating. Our founder went through a horrendous experience and is fully committed to transforming the online dating world. You can hear all about her story in the news.
We put your safety before anything else by carrying out compulsory criminal background checks and identity checks on every single member before they are allowed to join or even browse other profiles. This means that anyone with a criminal past (including cautions) will not be allowed to join or even see your profile, and we eliminate catfishing by carrying out rigorous ID checks.
We firmly believe this should be standard practice everywhere – but the majority of dating sites are only interested in making money and do nothing to protect their customers.
Is Safer Date a Free Dating Site?
Put simply, no, but we’re not expensive either. We’d love to offer everyone a free trial, but we have costs to cover to keep you safe. We carry out enhanced criminal background checks, ID checks and offer a fast-track service to get you online as soon as possible, which all have costs attached – and of course we have the usual business running costs too, but we keep our prices as low as we can.
Give Safer Date a Try
Whether you’re new to online dating and want to be cautious, you’re a good person sick of being overlooked or if you’ve had a bad experience in the past – try Safer Date. Your safety and security are at the heart of everything we do. Register today to take advantage of this amazing offer and try a safer way of online dating