However those who have suffered as a result of dating apps have said that the data, obtained by police forces across the UK through Freedom of Information requests, only scratch the surface of the impact these apps can have.They have also told how they felt let down by the police, and those behind the apps, who did not seem interested in taking action.Reports of stalking, theft and robbery are also rife.Tinder accounted for 26% of crime, Grindr 10% and 7%.Among the most popular apps, Plenty of Fish accounted for 56% of all crimes reported.The crimes include attempted murder, sexual activity with children, grooming, rape, sexual assault, sending indecent images and blackmail."And all this time I didn't know who was going to show up at my door, or what they were expecting.
George Kidd, chief executive of the Online Dating Association, which is supporting the campaign, said: "Sexual assault or abuse is never acceptable. "The NCA is right to look at what happens online and the ODA are already working with them in getting the right messages out to people." The news comes after an investigation revealed alleged crimes involving dating apps Tinder and Grindr increased sevenfold between 20. "It just left me feeling so unsafe, like I didn't know who was doing this or why." The catfish profile received more than 40 approaches in a couple of hours, claiming she was "looking for some fun times!!!! She went to the police right away, but was shocked to find they couldn't help.Miss Davis added: "The police just told me to be careful online, to take my Facebook down, to change my number and stuff like that." She claims that cops said they were unable to put the resources into tracing the malicious user, and that they may not have committed a crime.Chloe Davis was 20 when she began receiving suggestive and explicit texts from men out of the blue.All of the men claimed they had chatted with her on Plenty of Fish - an app she's never used - after someone set up a fake profile in her name.
Some 30 police forces responded to the request, which showed that two years ago there were just 21 crime reports involving the dating app Tinder, compared with 277 in 2015.