Dating in London? Some Startling Facts

Have you ever wondered about the main differences between meeting potential partners on dating apps or online sites as opposed to meeting through a highly reputable agency like the Elect Club?

Perhaps the biggest difference is that we interview all members personally and check them out very carefully before membership can be offered, so one of the great strengths of Elect Club is our database and its quality. We are 100% sure that our clients are who they say they are and they are living at the address provided, have not been involved in crime and that they are solvent/free from CCJ’s and bankruptcies.

Here are some startling facts that may get you thinking: Online dating sites and apps:  Online dating has one of the fastest growing crime rates in the UK, according to the National Crime Agency. Online dating related crime rose by a staggering 382% between 2011 and 2016 and in reality is probably a much bigger figure, as only 1 crime in 14 leads to a prosecution.  

Sex related crime linked to online dating and apps was up 757% in the same period and violent crime was up by 827%. Romance fraud (which includes social media sites) went through the £100,000,000 barrier in the UK alone for the first time in 2017. Shockingly 10% of all profiles are said to be scammers according to Marketdata Enterprise. This is backed up by the BBC, as more than 1,000,000 UK profiles were found to be false, according to their Panorama programme. 

Globally, there are now around 100 online dating related murders per annum and again globally 16,000 online daters are abducted each year by someone using a dating site or app according to 53% of app users have admitted to falsifying aspects of their dating profile according to the Huffington Post. It is also a fact that 51% of online daters are already in a relationship of some kind according to US events experts Dinner for 6 and 11% are married. Also 3% of males on online sites are psychopaths according to a book by Diane Mapes - How to Date in a Post Dating World.

Want to date more safely?

At Elect Club, we believe we can help you achieve that.  We are open 9am until 9pm everyday. Alternatively, you can complete our online contact form and our Head of Memberships, Julie, will usually call you within 24 working hours. Please keep safe.