The number of alleged crimes potentially linked to the dating apps Tinder and Grindr has increased dramatically over the past two years.
Figured have been released under a Freedom of Information Act has found that in 2013 there were only 55 reports of crimes that mentioned the two extremely popular dating apps in England and Wales.
However in 2014 this figure rocketed to a shocking 204 and in October 2015, 30 police forces across the UK said there had been at least 412 reports of crimes- including rape and murder- potentially involving Tinder and Grindr.
Of the 412, over 277 related to Tinder and 135 to homosexual based dating app, Grindr.
Nearly all of the crimes reported were of a violent or sexual nature- with some even being linked to children.
Tinder has replied to the report, they said: “People with bad intentions exist in coffee shops, bookstores, on social media and social apps.
“Tinder has become one of the largest social platforms in the world, responsible for 10 billion connections in just the last few years, and therefore we are not immune to this, despite the fact that it represents a miniscule percentage of our experiences.”
Users of the dating apps have been urged to report offences and seek support if they become a victim of a crime.
When using the apps people should be aware of their security and not share personal data with anyone until they are certain who they are communicating with.