DESPITE figures across the country demonstrating a high number of crimes being linked to dating apps such as Tinder or Grindr, in Dorset figures are surprisingly low.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that between January 2014 and December 2016 there were only four reports of crimes being linked to dating apps.

Of the four reports, one was linked to violence against a person, two to sexual offences and one to theft.

The response noted that the data has been retrieved by way of a key word search of Dorset Police systems using the terms ‘Tinder’, ‘Grindr’ and ‘Dating app’. Data is therefore reliant on the officer recording specifically recording these words. Given statistics may be subject to change.

Data compiled by almost three-quarters of police forces across England and Wales listed 523 crimes from the past five years where official logs included the words Tinder or Grindr.

But despite the low crime figures Dorset Police are continuing to warn residents to stay safe online and on dating apps.

Protect you identity and personal information and keep contact details such as your home address or phone number private.

If you feel pressured into providing personal or financial information stop all communication and always report unacceptable or suspicious behaviour.

If meeting someone face-to-face after communicating online play it safe.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “The safest plan is to meet somewhere public and stay somewhere public. Make your own way there and back and don’t feel pressured to go home with your date. If you feel ready to move to a private environment, make sure your expectations match your date’s.

“The way people interact online isn’t always the same face-to-face. Don’t be offended if your date is more guarded when meeting in person, or if things don’t progress as fast face-to-face.

“Don’t feel bad about cutting a date short if you’re not keen. You don’t owe the other person anything, no matter how long you’ve been chatting or what’s been suggested.

“No matter what the circumstances, sexual activity against your will is a crime. Police and charities are here to help and support you.” For information and advice visit