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We have seen a boom in online dating in recent years. But with a massive upsurge in popularity has come a rise in online scams and other crimes. The article pointed out women are far too trusting. It claimed Internet predators are committing as many as murders a year, 16, abductions and thousands of sexual assaults in the United States. Powers alluded to the lack of background checks on many of these sites.

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New statistics show a rise in crimes committed as a result of online dating, News Editor Rhiannon Woods writes. The of crimes committed as a result of online dating has seen a staggering increase in the last five years.

New statistics reveal that the of dating site offences has increased from into just last year. These figures are reported by 23 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats WLD conducted their own research into this, finding that reported crimes relating to online dating have simultaneously risen in the West Midlands in the last five years. Dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr and Bumble shared a percentage of these recorded crimes.

An estimated 10 million UK residents are registered on dating sites or apps, with around one in three relationships starting from this contact made online. The police need to do much more than they currently are to highlight the real dangers of online dating.

Online dating crimes solution to this is to call on these companies to ask for proof of ID documents and to carry out criminal record checks on users of the site. This should help to prevent offenders from having access to these apps to target victims.

However, chief executive of the Online Dating Association ODAGeorge Kidd, who represents some of the online dating and app companies, said that criminal checks on users cannot be done, but the ODA do work with police and are committed to doing all they can to help keep people safe.

Written by Rhiannon. Published at on 15 November Images by Pratik Gupta.