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14 Feb 2018 15:35 PM

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Singletons are being offered advice by a new Tinder account this Valentine’s Day – set up by Northumbria Police.

The app is one of the most well-known dating site around with more than 26 million people matching each other every day.

Its success has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in the number of subscribers to dating websites and other apps.

However, people using online dating sites could be leaving themselves vulnerable to associated crime and so Northumbria Police has taken measures to offer support to singletons in their quest for love this Valentines.

The Force has set up accounts of their own – sharing advice to help people stay safe when using such platforms and also should they decide to meet someone for a date.

It was initially set up on Tuesday to offer advice to those matching the account and it will be closed down on Thursday morning.

The feedback received so far has been very positive, with users of the app showing their support for the campaign through matching and messaging the account.

Northumbria Police’s Detective Sergeant of Digital Policing, Allen Hull, said: “Many people are using these dating platforms without realising the potential dangers.

“We are trying to educate users so that they can use these sites safely, and reduce the number of victims of crimes that relate to online dating.

“This campaign is a new approach for our police force, trying to reach out to the users individually and we’ve had a positive response from the public.”

For information on how to stay safe whilst online dating, go to:
www.getsafeonline.org/social-networking/online-dating/

If you have been a victim of crime or want to report an incident, you can do so by calling 101 or reporting online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact