Figures suggest rise in crimes linked to Grinder and Tinder apps

The number of reported crimes where dating apps like Grinder and Tinder are mentioned has increased more than sevenfold in the past two years.

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That’s according to 30 police forces in England and Wales who responded to a Freedom of Information request from the Press Association.

The reported crimes included rape, grooming and attempted murder.

Fifty-five reports of crimes mentioned Grindr or Tinder in 2013, jumping to 412 in the year to October in 2015.

The figures show there were 135 crime reports in which Grindr was mentioned last year – up from 34 in 2013.

Tinder was mentioned in 277 reports of crimes in 2015 – up from 21 in 2013.

In a statement, Tinder told BBC Newsbeat: “People with bad intentions exist in coffee shops, bookstores, on social media and social apps.

A Grindr spokesperson said: “Grindr has always encouraged users to treat the platform as they would any other social interaction in their lives, with a measure of caution and an awareness of their own safety.

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