Dating apps. They can be a ton of fun! They can also be deadly. Thousands of crimes have been connected to them over the past several years.
Now, the Sun has pored over half a decade of crime data from across the U.K. to determine which app is linked to the most serious offenses.
Investigators looked at a total of 1,795 crimes reported between 2011 and 2017. The crimes included attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, blackmail, stalking, and more.
So which dating app proved to be the most dangerous?
Turns out, it’s Plenty of Fish.
The site, which was launched in 2003 and has around 3 million daily active users worldwide, accounted for more than half (56%) of all crimes reported.
Tinder came in second place at 26% of crimes, followed by Grindr at 10%, and Match.com at 7%.
A spokesperson for Plenty of Fish tried to downplay the findings, saying:
At Plenty of Fish we aim to ensure safety and security for all who encounter our platform, and have positively impacted the lives of millions of people. Given the scale of our community, we are no more immune from individuals with bad intentions than society at large, and we advise our users to exercise caution with the people they meet, whether it be through a friend, on a dating app, or at a bar.
Both Tinder and Grindr declined to comment.
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, a group that provides information on online safety, says it’s good to be aware but also says people shouldn’t get too freaked out over this new report.
“The risks are pretty much the same as in the real world,” he says. “For example, there’s always a threat that someone might try to burgle your house but that doesn’t mean you never leave it. Instead you take precautions like having locks on your doors and putting in alarm systems.”
He adds, “If you’re looking to find love, you can take sensible precautions too, so you can feel confident when you think you’ve met someone nice via dating site or app – in fact, when dating online you can actually do more checks find out who that person is that you’re talking to.”