Dating should be fun. But it should also be safe. We do not want to create unnecessary fears or concerns for you however your safety is paramount to us. Whether you’re a dating pro or just got back in the game, take these precautions to protect yourself.
1. Meet in a public place
Meeting your date in a public place not only decreases your chances of being put in an unsafe situation, but other people may also remember you being in that location, should something happen.
2. Keep your friends or family in the loop
Tell a friend or family member where you are going, when you anticipate returning and how they can reach you. If your plans change, text your friend the new details of where you’ll be.
3. Use your own transportation
Either take your own car, or if you plan on drinking, use public transport so you don’t have to rely on your date to get home. If your date offers to drive you home, politely decline and say that you’ve already made other arrangements. This way they won’t know your address.
4. Don’t leave your food or drink unattended
Date rape drugs such as Rohypnol are odorless and colorless and can make you disoriented or unconscious. Worse, these effects are exacerbated when alcohol is involved. So, don’t accept a drink from your date unless you open it yourself or watch it being prepared.
5. Go easy on the drinks
The biggest threat to a person’s judgment when on a date is alcohol consumption. Not only does it affect your behavior and judgment but alcohol lessens your inhibitions. If you are drinking, watch your intake so you don’t get drunk and don’t know what you are doing.
6. Don’t go with an empty wallet
Even if your date is paying for dinner, make sure you carry some cash or your credit card for cab fare if the date goes south.
7. Don’t hand out your personal info
Guard your personal information and contact details carefully. If your date wants your phone number and you are comfortable giving it out it’s a good idea to just stick with your mobile phone and not your home number at this stage. However wonderful your first date appears to be, take your time to form an accurate appraisal and never let your guard down.
8. Listen to your intuition
If your stomach is telling you something isn’t right from the beginning when you meet someone then don’t ignore it. Listen to your inner voice and trust your own judgment. Always be prepared to excuse yourself if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
9. Stay aware
Even if you are getting on like a house on fire and you’re ready to pop some corks in your own mind stay calm and sensible. Always keep your head and that mobile phone on full charge.
10. The Second Date
If your first date goes well and you both want to see each other again still keep your address information private. Arrange to meet somewhere again and arrange your own transportation to get you to and from home.
Matchmade takes member complaints very seriously. If you have any concerns about your Matchmade dating experience or any of our members, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can investigate the matter. If you are worried about your safety at any time please contact the police by dialing 000.