Internet dating wiltshire
“Even if you feel you have become closer to someone via email, text messaging or phone calls, you should still remember that this person is largely a stranger to you.
“It is therefore vital that when meeting someone new in person, you take precautions, agree on what you both want from the date and don’t feel pressured to do anything you aren’t comfortable with.
“If you are a victim of rape or sexual assault and it has occurred recently, you should call 999 so it can be dealt with urgently and effectively as possible.
If it has not happened recently, we would still like to speak to you – please call 101.” Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: “We now live in a world where people interact and meet each other online, but this has its dangers.
“Individuals should stop all communication with anyone who attempts to pressure them into something they do not wish to do.
"If this happens then you should contact the dating app provider immediately with your concerns and always report to the police if any criminal activity takes place.
I was proud to be at the re-launch of the First Light Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in February this year and to witness first-hand the superb support the doctors, nurses and crisis workers provide to survivors of rape and sexual abuse.” If you are a victim of rape or sexual assault and it has occurred recently, you should call 999 so it can be dealt with as urgently and effectively as possible.
The senior officer said: “The rising popularity of online dating apps and websites has, unsurprisingly, contributed to an increase in the number of recorded crimes.
“Individuals should stop all communication with anyone who attempts to pressurise them into something they do not wish to do.
Nationally, there has been a rise in the number of crimes associated with online dating apps and websites.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) figures show 184 people made allegations they were raped by someone they met online in 2014 – up from 33 in 2009.