He may be your average purse snatcher, a budding peeping Tom or a sadistic murderer taking a break from cruising for victims. Whatever their crime, unwittingly going on a date with someone who has criminal intentions could place you in unprecedented danger.
You could be setting yourself up for a con or find yourself on the receiving end of a stalker’s attention. However, how do you tell if your date is a criminal? With no cardboard stuck on their forehead that proclaims your date criminal (duh!), it falls upon you to ferret out the subtle signs that could indicate your date has had some ru-ins with the law.
Whether you decide to continue dating or give it up as a lost cause afterwards is up to you. At least you are informed, right?
Unlike the baffling cases of some unsuspecting prolific murderer’s spouses, it is highly probable that glaringly obvious signs of a criminal history such as multiple arrests and missing former spouses, may not be immediately apparent.
However a few options come to mind. Read the following online dating safety tips below.
Good Old Google….
A blind date or a first date may bring back the sense of mystery and adventure and make you blind to tell tale criminal signs that your date could be showing. To avoid this, doing a simple background check on Google or taking up a few minutes to look them up in the National Sex Offender Database could ease your mind a little. This may not help though if your date is not a suspect at the moment.
He’s too Furtive and Secretive
While you are bound to date a few silent types, when your date conceals every aspect of their lives, doesn’t want to talk about himself or lies outrageously, then he is probably paranoid and does not want his criminal acts or intentions discovered.
Your Date has A Foul Temper
Yes being impolite does not automatically label you a criminal. However, when on a date, you expect your date to be on their best behaviour wanting to charm you. If they instead are belligerent, are irritated by minor things and are downright mean to hapless waitresses, that could indicate a violent nature and you would do well to steer clear.
He Contradicts Himself
If your date had told you some things prior to the date and then proceeds to contradict them while you are on the date, it makes him come off as suspicious. He may have claimed to be jobless only to turn up wearing an expensive Italian suit and behaving in an ostentatious manner in a bid to impress you. This should put you on your guard as he could be living a cushy life funded by exploits from his illegal ventures.
He Mentions Criminal Friends
Yeah folks, it may boil down to the cliché, show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are. A date who makes several admiring mentions of criminal friends or friends who make shady deals could also be part of their clique which only spells trouble for you.
Go With Your Gut Feeling
You may fail to spot all the signs that could indicate your date is a criminal. However, rarely will your intuition fail to warn you so I’d say, trust your instincts!