How to Avoid a Dangerous Blind Date
In times past, blind dates were usually set up by mutual friends, or by a family member who knew the person you were going to meet. Today, however, online dating and other such services have resulted in many people seeking love through dates that don’t have any connection to their lives otherwise… making these types of dates much more blind than the old-fashioned sort—at least at first glance.
However, there are many things you can do to ensure that your blind date with a fellow Floridian isn’t quite so blind, after all. There are red flags you can look out for, and ways to (legally!) dig into someone’s background to help prevent you from entering a dangerous situation.
Check out our tips and tricks for a safe blind date
- If you meet someone on a dating site, ask them to video chat to verify that they are the person they present themselves as (at least physically). You can use free video chatting programs, such as Skype, for this.
- Check to see if this person is on the Florida sex offender registry (which can be found here). All Florida sex offenders are required to register.
- Ask for active social media profiles, like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkdIn. Look at these profiles with a critical eye. How long have they existed? Does the person seem to have a reasonable amount of friends/relatives with whom they interact?
- Check to see if the individual is wanted for any crimes. You can do a warrant search to see if your potential date has any Florida warrants out on the state’s Crime Information Center Wanted Persons Search.
- Feel free to offer the individual proof as to your identity via video chatting or viewing a restricted version of your Facebook, but don’t tell them personal information like your address in advance.
- Complete your background check by doing an arrest search on the FDLE Criminal History Information site. This database displays Florida arrest records. Using it, costs 24 dollars, but it’s a small price to pay for your safety.
Of course, there is always some risk when going on a blind date. However, armed with caution and information, you can greatly reduce that risk