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Seven million UK residents are registered on dating sites, and around one in three relationships in the UK now start online. Exclusive figures for Sky News from UK police forces show that 2, offences were recorded between and In the same period, the of sexual crimes reported rose from 14 to and violent attacks were up from 29 to After three dates she broke up but despite not revealing where she lived he managed to track her down. I was just scared that he was going to come to my house and eventually kill me.
Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player. Around seven million UK residents are currently registered on dating sites, and it's estimated one in three relationships in the UK now starts online. Sky News found Crimes associated with online dating involving two of the biggest apps, Tinder and Grindr, have been rising year on year. Some users told me they've now noticed a darker side to dating ranging from an increase in fake profiles to drug-fuelled sex parties.
Online dater Bobu Constantin says he's now more cautious about which apps he uses: "Since I ed Grindr a couple of years ago wasn't very bad, now it's very, it's actually extremely bad" he said. Most sites now offer safety tips and while Tinder didn't respond to Sky News' request for a comment, Grindr says it doesn't condone violent or abusive behaviour and works with the authorities and LGBTQ communities to help protect users.
In a statement a spokesperson said: "Grindr is committed to creating a safe environment through a system of digital and human screening tools to help its users connect and thrive. While we are constantly improving upon this process, it is important to remember that Grindr is an open platform.
The National Crime Agency has been monitoring violence connected to online dating and has detected the of rapes being reported has risen sixfold in five years. So how can you stay safe online? Grindr offers tips including telling users to protect their identities, tell a friend where you're going and who you are meeting and report any attacks or threats to law enforcement. Watch Live.
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