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Safety suggestion which you may like to consider as part of your dating safely plan.

1. Research Your Date:
Before meeting someone, try to verify their identity. Use social media or search engines to check their background.

2. Use Trusted Dating Platforms:
Only register on reputable dating sites that prioritise user safety and privacy.

3. Keep Personal Information Private:
Don't share personal details (like your home address, financial information, or social security number) with someone you've just met online.

4. Look for Red Flags:
Be cautious of people who push for personal information, seem too good to be true, or avoid answering questions directly.

5. Use In-App Messaging Services:
Stick to the dating site’s messaging system as long as possible instead of giving out your phone number or email.

6. Beware of Financial Scams:
Never send money or share financial details with someone you’ve only met online, regardless of the reason they give.

7. Plan Safe Meetings:
Always meet in public places, during daylight hours, and consider having a friend know where you are.

8. Stay Sober:
Keep a clear head by avoiding excessive alcohol or substance use when meeting someone for the first time.

9. Drive Yourself or Use Public Transportation:
Avoid letting your date pick you up or drop you off until you know them better.

10. Share Plans with Friends or Family:
Let someone know your plans, including who you're meeting, where, and when.

11. Trust Your Instincts:
If something feels off, trust your gut feeling and remove yourself from potentially harmful situations.

12. Use the Platform's Safety Features:
Familiarise yourself with the dating site’s safety features, like blocking and reporting.

13. Keep First Meetings Short:
Schedule a brief first meeting to gauge your comfort level and compatibility with the person.

14. Carry a Mobile Phone:
Ensure your phone is charged and with you during the meeting for emergencies.

15. Practice Safe Communication:
Be cautious about sharing photos or personal information that could be used against you in scams or blackmail.