Breaking down those crimes, in 2016, 106 were sexual and a further 240 were classed as violent – marking an increase of 657 and 728 percent since 2011, respectively.
Get Safe Online, offers tips on how to date safely on the internet, like choosing anonymous, non-sexual usernames; keeping your personal and contact details private; taking your time; doing your own research; and discontinuing (and reporting) any communication if it’s offensive, insulting, or threatening, or if someone requests money.Nickolas Savage is the assistant section chief of the Cyber Division.Savage: If somebody is asking you for money, just be very cautious. Halpern: The average financial loss per victim is between ,000 to ,000. Savage: I think the most important take-away is that people should stick to legitimate sites."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," said Cooke.Tinder and Grindr are just some of the apps that have been increasing in popularity in terms of the number of users.If you do ultimately meet someone face-to-face, follow the below tips from Get Safe Online to be as safe as possible: The National Network to End Domestic Violence provides a list of rape and sexual assault helplines and resources on its website.