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Brits missing out on neighbourly benefits

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25/08/2006

Nearly two thirds (64%) of Brits believe people are becoming less neighbourly a study compiled by Norwich Union Insurance has found.

The insurer said friendly neighbour relations in the UK have slumped to a serious low, with millions of Brits not even knowing the names of those living right next door to them.

More than one in ten (12%) admitted to going a whole month without speaking to any of their neighbours, and a third had never uttered a word to their neighbours.

However, Norwich Union said there were invaluable benefits to engaging in good neighbour relations that should not be over-looked. Some 88% of Brits agree that neighbours keeping an eye on their homes when they were away reduced the risk of burglary.

Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman said: “There was a time when whole streets of people might go on holiday together, but today even asking a neighbour to water the plants while we’re away is something we shy away from.”

“However research has shown that people with stronger community ties actually have better mental and physical health – in fact, they even live longer. What’s more, communities where there is a greater connection between people have less crime.”
 

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