Northamptonshire Police and the LGBT Forum have come together to offer out advice and safety tips for those making use of online dating websites and apps.
Many people use online dating websites and apps to meet new people, form relationships, and make friends. Think very carefully before sending any private images or disclosing any information about yourself that you would otherwise wish to be kept discreet as this could potentially be used to blackmail or pressure you.
Within the LGBT community, websites, and apps such as Grindr, Scruff and Hornet for example, allow users to meet new people and form relationships. Many people have encountered fake or misleading profiles whilst on dating websites or apps so it’s important to be aware of how to keep yourself safe when online and when meeting in person. Caution should be given to meeting in private locations, so always make sure someone knows where you are. Think very carefully before sending any private images or disclosing any information about yourself that you would otherwise wish to be kept discreet as this could potentially be used to blackmail or pressure you
Northamptonshire Police have produced online dating guidance to help keep you safe online and for when you feel ready to meet in person. Being wise to the dangers of online dating and knowing how to get help if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation is paramount so if you’re speaking to anyone online use common sense and familiarise yourself with the guidance.
For anything of a serious nature, please report these to the police by either calling 999 in an emergency or 101 for any other type of incident. Your safety is important to us and we will treat all reports sensitively.
Northamptonshire Police promise to listen to you and take your report seriously. We realise it may be difficult to tell us about the event but we won't judge you or doubt you and will treat your report with sensitivity.