However, some cities’ singles should use more caution than others.
The experts at High Speed and Safe analyzed a year’s worth of STD (sexually transmitted disease) and violent crime data, then adjusted it for population to determine a safety score.
In addition, our research shows that the majority of those who have had concerns for their safety simply block perpetrator profiles, with 15% of daters feeling their report would not be acted upon by the service provider, 12% saying there wasn’t an easy way to report the concern on the dating website, and 7% feeling too embarrassed to report it.
We would urge all dating agencies to encourage and support their members to report all incidents and concerns and ensure that the mechanism for reporting is clear and easy to follow.
Independent online research this month by You Gov carried out on behalf of Suzy Lamplugh Trust and funded by dating service, Match, shows that nearly three quarters of online daters share personal information about themselves earlier than they would do in other situations.
This research also found that a third of online daters have experienced safety concerns when dating online and yet over half are never reported, amounting to potentially over a million concerns that dating agencies don’t know about.
With a stunningly low violent crime rate and the eighth-ranked STD rate, Portland ranks as the third-safest city for online dating.
Look out for online dating scams‚ the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) warned on Tuesday.
While online dating sites can be a great way for singles to find their significant other‚ it is also a way for cybercriminals to “seek out their victims”.
We are however all aware of cases where people have found themselves in unsafe situations, which, in the very worst cases have resulted in serious abuse such as rape and even death.
While these cases are few and far between, Suzy Lamplugh Trust seeks to promote personal safety at all times and has long advocated for safe internet use and following safety guidelines whilst meeting people on dates.