Next Door

Next Door

UK residents typically know just four of their neighbours by name, according to a new study from Aviva.  One in 10 UK adults – equivalent to around five million people – don’t know any of their neighbours by name. This increases to one in six people aged under 25 (17%) and one in eight aged 25-34 (13%). The study of 2,057 UK adults was carried out as part of an Aviva home security awareness initiative. It found that 76% of UK residents feel safer in their homes if they know their neighbours and 67% of people said they were happier as a result of that. Aviva data shows a clear trend for home theft claims to increase during the autumn and winter months when daylight is limited. ONS figures reveal that three fifths of burglaries happen during the evening or at night, suggesting that some thieves may hide under the cover of darkness.
However, while people may not know all of their neighbours, the research suggests UK residents are happy to help one another. Four out of five (84%) people already carry out tasks for people in their community, ranging from taking in parcels (70%), to keeping an eye on their homes when away (36%), to looking after pets (15%).  Residents in the West Midlands, the East of England and Wales are most likely to help out their neighbours.  Two fifths (38%) of UK adults would class at least one of their neighbours as a close friend. This is a marked increase compared to a similar Aviva study carried out in 2017, when just 24% of people said the same.