Auckland Police Remind The Public To Think Of Safety And Their Responsibilities When Using Dating Apps This Summer | #tinder | #pof

Swiping right this weekend? Have fun but remember to be
safe.

Auckland Police are reminding the public to be
vigilant when meeting new people online this
summer.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard, who oversees
Auckland City’s Adult Sexual Assault Team, says Police
receive a number of reports of sexual offenses involving
dating apps.

These popular dating apps include Tinder,
Bumble, Grindr and Badoo.

“Anecdotally, our
information suggests there is around one report a week to
Police in Auckland this year relating to sexual offending
involving dating apps,” says Detective Inspector
Beard.

“We also know that sexual or other offending
in these scenarios often goes under-reported to
Police.

One incident is one too many.

“While
there is no current indication of a rise in reports of
sexual offending involving dating apps, every person has the
right to be safe in their dating
lives.

“Historically we have dealt with increases in
reports of sexual offending to Police over the warmer summer
months in dating and nightlife settings.”

It pays
to be vigilant with people you don’t know – whether
that’s online or in person.

Detective Inspector
Beard says it’s also a reminder for men to check their own
behaviours while meeting up with people.

“Just
because you are meeting up with someone and you’re having
a good time doesn’t automatically give you
consent.

“Consent must be given; consent cannot be
assumed, and it can also be withdrawn at any
time.

“Sexual violence is not part of consenting and
there is not tolerance for this sort of
offending.”

In some cases it is best for one party
to make their excuses and leave in a situation you may not
be comfortable with.

“Don’t feel bad about cutting
a date short.

It’s important to remember to trust
your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right it
probably isn’t.

“If you chose to meet someone you
don’t know for the first time, always meet in a public
place and let someone know where you are going and who you
are meeting.”

Detective Inspector Beard says Police
aren’t aware of an increase in reports of drink spiking in
the city, but it is good practice to be vigilant to
suspicious behaviour regardless.

“There is no
tolerance for any inappropriate or illegal
behaviour.”

The best rule of thumb is to always keep
an eye on your own drink and don’t accept drinks from a
stranger.

“Look out for your friends.

If
someone has had too much to drink, make sure they get home
safely.”

KEEPING SAFE
ONLINE:

• If you are meeting someone for the
first time, meet in a public place.
• Tell someone
where you’re going and who you are meeting
• Trust
yourself.

If it doesn’t feel right, don’t feel bad
about cutting the date short.
• If you feel unsafe,
call 111 immediately.

KEEPING SAFE IN
TOWN:

• Keep an eye on your drink

Report any suspicious activity to bar staff and
Police
• If you feel unwell, seek medical assistance
immediately
 

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