How to stay safe with dating apps

In wake of a reported attempted robbery reportedly involving a dating app, Action News Now spoke with the community about how they stay safe on the popular apps.

Posted: Jul 9, 2019 7:13 PM

CHICO, Calif. - In wake of a reported attempted robbery reportedly involving a dating app, Action News Now spoke with the community about how they stay safe on the popular apps.

When it comes to the apps, many said safety is the biggest concern. 

"I think making sure you are getting a good vibe from the person and talking to them for a little bit before you meet them in person," said Jamie Engel, a former dating app user. 

Engel recommends meeting with someone in a public place. 

"I always tell my friends where I am going and then usually a picture of who I am going with and I share my location on Find my Friends," Engel said. 

She said another concern a lot of the time is meeting the right person. 

"I usually just go by the profile picture on whatever is there and then when I get to wherever I am going I try and find them or ask if they are there," she said. 

However, not all people in their 20s are sold on dating apps. 

"Like, I don't get a good idea of a person just from pictures and a bio I feel like I have a better connection with someone face to face," said Allison Willis, who does not use the apps. 

All three women interviewed suggested not giving out personal information or letting someone pick you up. 

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