New figures from UK police reveal that crimes related to online dating have risen by 382% in the past five years.
Police data shared with Sky News shows that 2,054 online dating-related offences were recorded between 2011 and 2016.
In 2011, the figure was at 140, which has risen by 382% in five years to 676.
According to Sky News, the number of sexual crimes reported rose from 14 to 106, violent attacks also rising from 29 to 240.
The NCA’s head of national investigative capabilities, Sean Sutton, told Sky News: “We know that only about 16% of all stranger rape cases and sexual assaults in general are reported to the police so we know that we are only dealing with the tip of the iceberg of the problem so that’s why we’re keeping a good eye on it.
“Over 70% of the stranger rape cases we see are from people going home with their date or taking their date back to their own accommodation on the first date.”
Estimates suggest around that 7m people in the UK are currently registered on dating sites, and one in three relationships now start online.
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