Are we turning into an isolated nation?
According to research via Churchill Home Insurance over half of Brits do not know their neighbours first name.
Churchill’s latest research highlights the following key points :
- 70% are unaware of their neighbours full name or what they do for a living.
- 61% were unable to recall how long their neighbours had been in residence.
- 53% had no knowledge of whether their neighbours rent or own their homes.
- 51% could not recall their neighbours first name.
- 47% were unable to recall whether their neighbours had pets.
- 44% were unable to recall whether their neighbours had children.
- 36% admitted that they would not recognise their neighbours in person.
- Only 32% would class their neighbours as friends – falling to 18% for those aged 18-34.
- 29% (18-34s) had not spoken to their neighbours in over a month.
- 13% admitted that they distrust, dislike or deliberately avoid their next door neighbour – this figure increased to 20% for younger residents.
- 8% of all UK adults admitted to have scoured social networking websites and/or search engines to find information about their neighbours – whereas 15% of 18-34s admitted to have searched for their neighbours information online.
LRS’ partners Neighbourhood Watch had this to say:
“In a recent survey by the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network, a significant number of people said that an occasional chat with a neighbour would help them to feel less isolated. People are often afraid of being perceived as nosey, or they don’t see the value of stopping to exchange a few words. But the evidence shows that people really can make a difference to the lives of people around them by taking a moment to speak with their neighbours.
“Every friendly word adds up to an overall feeling of being part of a community and being surrounded by people who care about you. The Neighbourhood Watch movement is all about creating communities that care – which in turn makes it harder for crime to flourish.”
Martin Scott, head of Churchill home insurance, said:
“Relationships with our neighbours have changed significantly over the years because the way we live, work and socialise has evolved. We move homes more frequently, spend a lot less time communicating face to face and are more cautious about who we welcome into our homes. As a result, we know very little about our neighbours, as we all get on with our own busy lives.
The lack of trust and familiarity between neighbours does have implications. People may be less willing and less able to watch out for each other – realising there is a stranger on a neighbour’s property is very difficult if we cannot recognise the person who lives there. Home insurance is vital should the worst happen, however, maintaining a good relationship with those we live closest to can make our communities a safer and more sociable place to live.”
It is a fact that no matter how nice our new home is, if we have a dreadful neighbour it can spoil everything we strive for in trying to achieve a comfortable and quiet life for ourselves and our family.
- Quite often LRS is asked by tenants “what’s in it for us to be added to a database that other landlords can reference one another about our lifestyles?” The answer is very simply; safety, security, a decent standard of living, a better environment and neighbourhood for you and your family.
It is a total misconception that social media networking via Lifestyle Referencing between landlords and letting agents is a black list; it is not. It is simply a neighbourhood watch for private renting professionals.
- Do you interact with your neighbours?
- If not, what is preventing you from approaching them?
- Landlords; do your tenants ever complain to you about their neighbours?
Whatever your views are please share them with the LRS community.