Forces committed to adapting to emerging threats as crimes associated with dating apps and websites increases
With the number crimes associated with online dating apps and websites increasing, users are urged to be as security conscious as possible and report any offences if they become a victim of this type of crime.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Violence and Public Protection, Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke
“The rising popularity of online dating apps and websites has contributed to an increase in the number of recorded crimes. We strongly encourage users to report offences and seek support if they become a victim of any type of crime.
“I would urge those who use online dating apps to be as security conscious as possible and not to share personal data with anyone until they are sure about those they are communicating with. Similarly, individuals should stop all communication with anyone who attempts to pressurise them into something they are not comfortable with. If this happens you should contact the dating app provider immediately to discuss your concerns and always report any criminal activity to the police”
“Forces are committed to responding and adapting to emerging threats in order to keep the public safe. We will continue to work with partners to provide safety advice aimed at protecting users and preventing offences taking place.”