Crimes following Tinder and Grindr hook-ups rocket in last four years
The number of crimes reported in which victims met their attackers on dating apps Tinder or Grindr has rocketed by 2,000 per cent in the past five years, new data reveals.
Figures from the Metropolitan Police show there were only 18 such offences in 2012, but in just the first six months of this year there were already 187 crimes logged where the victim met their attackers through the app.
If offending continues at the same rate the total number for 2016 will be approximately 350, compared to 317 last year, and a rise of almost 2,000 per cent since 2012.
Tinder, a location-based dating site used my millions for casual sex hook-ups, launched in 2012 and Grindr, a similar app for gay or bisexual men launched in 2009.
In the first half of 2016 98 of the recorded offences that were related to the apps were violent, 50 were sexual offences, 17 were thefts, four robberies, three burglaries and two criminal damage.
Violent crimes were also the most common in 2015, 2014 and 2013, but not in 2012, when seven instances of theft made up the biggest category of Tinder and Grindr offending.
The gender divide among victims was roughly equal last year, with 169 crimes perpetrated against females and 157 against males, whereas in 2012 all the victims were men.
In the six months up to June this year there were 106 female victims and 79 male.